Georgia Court Flip-Flops While Targeting Trump

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Late on Monday night, former President Donald Trump was indicted by a Fulton court over his attempts to overturn the Georgia state elections on several charges including charges of having violated Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act. Earlier on that same day the Fulton County Court’s website uploaded a document that included the same charges as the ones listed in the indictment. However, this document was uploaded during the grand jury’s deliberations and prior to them reaching a decision to indict.

The Fulton County Clerk of Courts Office has now provided a new explanation for the origin of the “fictitious” indictment that was uploaded on the court’s website and listed the “fictitious” indictment of Trump and his 18 co-defendants.

Reuters was the first to report about the release of the documents which was quickly taken down from the website. A statement was later posted online that blasted the document for being “fictitious.” In the release, they also informed the media that the document uploaded did not include filing data, an official case number and it should not be handled as an official filing.

On Tuesday afternoon in a statement, the court attempted to address the situation by noting that the document uploaded was caused by the Fulton County Press obtaining a docket sheet and sharing it early with media outlets. The sample working document related to Trump’s case was then uploaded, however as this document was not signed it was not an official document, and should not be treated as one.

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