“Georgia is a little bit of a different animal,” Chris Timmons told Yahoo! News. An Atlanta trial lawyer and former prosecutor, Timmons has been interviewed numerous times on the state’s unique version of the federal RICO act. He said, “The Georgia statute is based on the federal statute, but it is much broader, covering a much wider range of crimes, but also has some differences in what it applies to.”
Yahoo! News sought to learn why prosecutors chose to invoke RICO against former President Donald J. Trump and 18 alleged co-conspirators in a bid to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia. While Trump’s attorneys described the announcement of charges as “shocking and absurd,” Timmons said RICO charges make sense here. Even though the D.A. could have charged it as a general conspiracy-type case, Timmons said, “I think everybody knew that a RICO indictment was coming here because Willis was part of the prosecution team that prosecuted the Atlanta Public Schools case.”
That said, Timmons pointed to the state’s ambitious timeline as one possible point of contention. “Six months is an incredibly ambitious timetable for any RICO case. Let alone a RICO case that has national implications.”
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