The Supreme Court has declined Special Counsel Jack Smith’s request for an expedited review of the case against former President Donald Trump. The Court’s decision, delivered on Friday, effectively denies the petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment in the case.
The ruling comes as a pivotal moment in the ongoing legal drama surrounding Trump with the 2024 Presidential election on the horizon. On December 11, Smith filed a motion with the Supreme Court, seeking a swift resolution to the case involving four counts against Trump, including conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of an official proceeding.
Critics, notably among Trump’s base, have often described the indictment as baseless and politically charged. They argue that the accusations against Trump, particularly pertaining to his alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, lack concrete legal grounding.
BREAKING: Supreme Court Rejects Jack Smith’s Request For Expedited Review Of Case Against Trump.
The Court’s decision, delivered on Friday, effectively denies the petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment in the case.
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Smith’s request to bypass the appeals court and directly engage the Supreme Court was seen as an aggressive strategy. However, the latest decision by the Court not to expedite the review will delay the proceedings, initially scheduled to begin on March 4, 2024. The delay might push the case beyond the upcoming presidential election, which could impact its political ramifications.
The decision by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals can still be appealed by both parties to the higher court. However, this development represents a significant win for Trump.
The Supreme Court just rejected Jack Smith’s attempt to rig an election and bypass normal procedure and the appellate court regarding my father’s challenge to the fake insurrection January 6 indictments!!!!#Trump2024
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 22, 2023
The refusal of the Supreme Court to fast-track the case opens various interpretations. On one hand, it denies Smith the urgency he sought in resolving the legal matters surrounding Trump. On the other, it could be perceived as a setback for those seeking immediate legal action against the former President.
The Court’s decision could inadvertently aid Trump’s legal and political standing. If the Supreme Court had agreed to an expedited review and ruled in favor of Trump, particularly on the grounds of presidential immunity, it would have been a significant legal victory for him with the presidential election looming.
The case, centered on Trump’s alleged interference in the 2020 presidential election, has been a point of contention and debate. The indictment includes serious charges, but the legitimacy and political motivations behind these charges have been hotly debated.
Elie Honig, a senior legal analyst for CNN, admitted earlier in the week that Smith was trying to expedite Trump’s case in an effort to secure a conviction before the 2024 election. “I think any fair-minded observer has to agree with that,” Honig said when asked whether Smith and U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan were expediting the case.
“In this case, we have dozens, hundreds of January 6th rioters caught on video, straightforward cases. They too were given about a year and a half to two years between indictment and trial. Jack Smith originally requested a trial date for Donald Trump, a far more complex case, five months out.”
“He wanted a January trial. It was set for two months later. So Donald Trump is being given far less time to prepare than other defendants. And the actions this week, Jack Smith won an argument on immunity in the district court and then went right to the Supreme Court,” he continued.