Fani Willis predicts Georgia election case could go into early 2025
Why it matters: That trial proceedings in the sprawling racketeering case could be playing out at the same time as next year's presidential election.
- The trial start date has not yet been set in the case.
- Trump was charged in August in the sweeping racketeering case alongside 18 co-defendants. Four of the co-defendants have accepted plea deals in the case.
Driving the news: "I believe in that case there will be a trial. I believe the trial will take many months," Willis said during an interview Tuesday at the Washington Post Live's Global Women's Summit.
- "And I don't expect that we will conclude until the winter or the very early part of 2025."
Between the lines: Trump, who has been indicted four times in four different jurisdictions this year, has repeatedly tried to delay his numerous legal cases until after the 2024 presidential election.
- The tactic has been seen as his best strategy for avoiding prison time.
- Willis dismissed the 2024 presidential election as a consideration in determining the timeline in the case.
- "I don't, when making decisions about cases to bring, consider any election cycle or an election season," Willis said.
- "That does not go into the calculus. What goes into the calculus is: This is the law. These are the facts. And the facts show you violated the law. Then charges are brought."
The big picture: The GOP presidential frontrunner is already facing the prospect of at least two criminal trials slated to start in March, when Super Tuesday takes place.