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Judge tosses some Trump Georgia charges in election interference case

A Georgia judge on Wednesday killed some of former President Trump’s charges in the sweeping election interference case against him there due to a lack of detail.  

Judge Scott McAfee tossed six charges contained in the indictment, including three of Trump’s counts, but his ruling does not impact the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act charge that creates the foundation of the historic prosecution. 

Each of the tossed charges related to alleged efforts by Trump and some of his co-defendants, including former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, to solicit Georgia officials to violate their oaths of office. 

The judge ruled that while the charges do contain the “essential” elements of each crime, they fail to provide enough detail for the defendants to mount their defenses. Under the current charges, McAfee said, the defendants could have violated the law in “dozens, if not hundreds, of distinct ways.” 

“The Court’s concern is less that the State has failed to allege sufficient conduct of the Defendants – in fact it has alleged an abundance,” McAfee wrote. “However, the lack of detail concerning an essential legal element is, in the undersigned’s opinion, fatal.” 

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