Mar-a-Lago Judge Rejects Trump’s Request for More Time in Documents Case

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In the latest update on the case involving former President Donald Trump and classified documents at Mar-a-Lago, the judge, Aileen Cannon, has denied Trump’s request to extend pretrial deadlines. Trump, along with co-defendants Waltine Nauta and Carlos De Oliveira, had asked for an extension, but the judge maintained the original deadline of February 22, 2024, for pre-trial motions.

This decision comes amidst a larger legal dispute over the unsealing of discovery documents. Special counsel Jack Smith has expressed concerns about exposing witness identities, leading to a motion for reconsideration. Despite requests from prosecutors to seal or redact certain materials, Judge Cannon denied sealing, prompting a response from Smith.

In a separate filing, prosecutors opposed Trump’s request for delays, urging the court not to allow intentional delays in filing pretrial motions. They highlighted Trump’s plan to file a motion to dismiss the Florida indictment based on “presidential immunity,” a strategy that has not succeeded in other cases.

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The dispute over unsealing documents adds complexity to the case, with potential implications for witness safety and the overall trial process. The judge has given Trump’s lawyers until February 23 to respond to Smith’s motion for reconsideration.

Mar-a-Lago Judge Rejects Trump's Request for More Time in Documents Case

As the legal battle unfolds, it remains to be seen how the court will navigate the complexities of witness exposure, pretrial motions, and the overarching allegations against the former president.

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