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Trump Fulton County case and televised hearing

Trump and all 18 co-defendants have now surrendered in Georgia election case


Judge Scott McAfee presides over a hearing regarding media access in the case against former President Donald Trump and 18 others at the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta on Thursday, August 31.
Judge Scott McAfee presides over a hearing regarding media access in the case against former President Donald Trump and 18 others at the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta on Thursday, August 31.  Arvin Temkar/Pool/Reuters

The case against former President Donald Trump and his co-defendants accusing them of engaging in a conspiracy to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia was assigned to a judge who is a lifelong Georgian.

Scott McAfee became a Fulton County Superior Court judge in February after a career in which he has worked as a prosecutor and state inspector general, where he was “responsible for investigating allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse in the Executive Branch of state government.”

When he was appointed inspector general in March 2021, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, called him a “strong addition to my administration.”

“His experience as a tough prosecutor equips him to search out fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption, and bring those to justice who break the law,” Kemp said.

Prior to his IG role, he worked as the assistant United States attorney in the Northern District of Georgia and as senior assistant district attorney in the Fulton County Atlanta Judicial Circuit. In those positions, he prosecuted cases on drug trafficking, fraud, armed robbery and murder.

According to his inspector general biography, McAfee obtained his undergraduate degree from Emory University in music, where he received a scholarship to play cello in the university’s orchestra. He received his JD from the University of Georgia School of Law.

He grew up in Kennesaw, Georgia, and is married with a wife and two children. In addition to his professional legal career, McAfee is a volunteer scuba diver and captain of his tennis team.

The indictment, which came down last month, charges Trump with 13 counts, including a racketeering charge for allegedly attempting to unlawfully change the outcome of the election in Georgia in 2020. Trump, who is among 19 people charged in the case, has denied any wrongdoing.

McAfee is set to hold his first hearing in the case Wednesday afternoon amid questions of how soon a trial could begin.



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