'I’ve said it’s over': Judge cautions Chesebro lawyer over rant about 'PowerPoint' and 'personal attacks'
Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify an attribution and remove an errant word in the second paragraph.
Fulton County Judge Scott McAfee on Thursday shut down arguments from Kenneth Chesebro lawyer Scott Grubman as the attorney for the alleged Donald Trump co-conspirator accused Executive District Attorney Daysha Young of firing “personal attacks” and “[impugning] the reputation” of his colleague.
Chesebro’s lawyers have asked McAfee to intervene to allow the defense access to “additional information from the special grand jury used to investigate” the Georgia election interference case, CNN reports. The judge on Thursday ruled the case will now be severed: Chesebro and former Trump campaign layer Sidney Powell will be tried together, and Trump will stand trial alongside the other co-conspirators.
At one point during the hearing, Grubman complained that the state’s presentation of a PowerPoint was “not an efficient use of the court’s time.”
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Addressing the arguments from Chesebro’s attorneys, Young asserted, "There is no authority that allows what they’re asking the court to allow them to do."
As Young continued with her argument, Grubman jumped in to address “personal attacks [from the] counsel for the state.”
“Speaking of what’s inappropriate, you know it’s inappropriate —” Grubman began before McAfee interrupted.
“Let me just pause right here, Mrs. Young, are you finished?” The judge asked.
“I was not, judge,” Young replied before concluding her argument. Grubman jumped up as Young sat down.
“Your honor, I take very extreme exception for Mrs. Young coming up here to try to impugn the reputation of my colleague,” he said.
“I will not consider it," McAfee replied. "It is not part of the record right now."
Grubman noted the hearing “is broadcast live, and this is inappropriate.”
“This is not part of the consideration, and if you want to handle that outside of [court] we will do that,” the judge said.
“Respectfully, it was said on the record, and I should have the opportunity … that is completely inappropriate,” the Chesebro attorney replied.
“... Mrs. Young is trying to send my client to prison, and we have the right to know if it was done properly,” he added before launching yet again into an argument against the district attorney’s “PowerPoint."
“She lied to the court!” Grubman exclaimed.
“I've said it’s over,” the judge replied.
“Alright, well I wish you would have stopped her from defaming my co-counsel,” Grubman shot back.
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