Georgia Judge Sets Hearing To Consider Dismissed Trump Case

By Robert Cunningham, updated on March 29, 2024

The legal tides are again swirling around a former president.

According to the Raw Story, a Georgia judge will hold a hearing this Thursday to consider the motion to dismiss the conspiracy case against Donald Trump on First Amendment grounds.

The case has drawn national attention because of its high-profile defendant and the constitutional questions it raises in the tumultuous aftermath of the 2020 presidential election.

Trump's First Amendment Defense Takes Center Stage

The legal team for Donald Trump is poised to defend their client on constitutional grounds. The upcoming hearing in Georgia, scheduled for Thursday, March 28, by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee, could set a precedent for how actions taken by a president are interpreted under the First Amendment. While Trump's attorneys argue for dismissal based on free speech protections, the court's decision has the potential to draw the line between protected political discourse and actions that may constitute election interference.

In the past, Judge McAfee has shown a willingness to dismiss similar motions from co-defendants in this case. It's worth noting that Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell, who faced related charges, later entered guilty pleas after their motions were dismissed. The implications of the judge's previous decisions on Trump's case will be closely observed, as they may offer insight into the court's approach to these complex legal arguments.

Steven Sadow, representing Trump, has made it clear that their defense hinges on the First Amendment. He argues that political speech should be countered with truth rather than through prosecution even if deemed false. In a courtroom, the distinction between protected speech and prosecutable action is often a fine line, and this case will likely hinge on where that line is drawn.

Here, the indictment's recitation of supposedly 'false' statements and facts, undisputed solely for purposes of a First Amendment-based general demurrer/motion to dismiss, show that the prosecution of President Trump is premised on content-based core political speech and expressive conduct protected by the First Amendment.

Scrutiny on Trump's Attempts to Influence Georgia Vote

The investigation into Trump's actions has primarily focused on his attempts to influence Georgia's election results. This case is not just about a phone call but the broader context of Trump's efforts to challenge the legitimacy of the election results, where Joe Biden defeated him. The infamous call to Georgia's Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, sits at the heart of the case, with Trump's suggestion to "find" votes casting a long shadow.

This phone call has been dissected from every angle, with critics arguing it was an inappropriate and potentially illegal attempt to alter the election outcome. Supporters of the former president, however, see it as a bold move to address perceived electoral discrepancies. The case thus weighs heavily on interpretations of the president's intent and the permissible scope of his efforts to challenge the election.

The larger conversation about the integrity of the election process is also at stake. The outcome of this hearing may influence public trust in elections and the judicial system's role in addressing allegations of fraud, whether substantiated or not. Given the heightened political tensions surrounding election security, the court's decision will undoubtedly resonate beyond the courtroom walls.

A Verdict With Far-Reaching Consequences

Should the motion to dismiss be granted, it would underscore the robust protections afforded to political speech in the United States. Conversely, a decision to proceed with the case could signal a new boundary for political figures, indicating that certain actions, particularly those aimed at influencing election outcomes, may not be shielded by the First Amendment.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's report on the necessity for Trump to acknowledge the falsity of his claims for a First Amendment defense adds another layer to the proceedings. This requirement could force a confrontation between legal strategy and political posture, a crossroads where the former president's narrative could face judicial scrutiny.


The upcoming hearing in Georgia is a critical juncture in the ongoing debate over free speech and the limits of presidential power. Trump's attorneys argue that his First Amendment rights shield his actions, while the prosecution paints a different picture, one of a concerted effort to undermine the election results. The court's ruling will affect the former president and set a precedent for the treatment of political speech and action in the legal system. With the eyes of a nation upon it, the outcome of this case will undoubtedly influence American politics for years to come.

About Robert Cunningham

With years of experience at the forefront of political commentary, Robert Cunningham brings a blend of sharp wit and deep insight to his analysis of American principles at the Capitalism Institute.

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