Former President Donald Trump and his 18 alleged accomplices in efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results will be held in Fulton County Jail after turning themselves in to authorities, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday.
“In Fulton County, Georgia, the booking process and the arraignment/appearance process in criminal cases are two separate things. In this case, some arraignments/appearances may be virtual, as dictated by the presiding judge,” Fulton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Natalie Ammons said in a statement.
“At this point, based on advice received from the District Attorney’s Office and the Presiding Judge, it is expected that the 19 defendants named in the indictment will be incarcerated in Rice Street Jail,” she added.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who launched the investigation into Trump and his associates more than two years ago, told reporters at a late-night press conference Monday that she intended to try the 19 defendants together and that they would have less than two weeks to surrender.
“I am giving the defendants the opportunity to voluntarily surrender by noon on Friday, August 25, 2023,” Willis said, adding that she hopes to bring the case to trial “within the next six months.”
The sheriff’s office noted Tuesday that Trump and his co-defendants — including former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former Trump attorney Sidney Powell — “may surrender at any time”.
“The prison is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Additionally, due to the unprecedented nature of this case, certain circumstances may change with little or no warning. said Ammons.
Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat said earlier this month he expected authorities would follow “normal practices” if Trump were to be charged, including having the former president’s photo taken.
Trump, 77, faces 13 counts in the case and charges of violating Peach State’s anti-racketeering law, conspiracy, making false statements and asking a public official to violate his oath of office.
In his three previous indictments, the former president was spared being handcuffed or having his picture taken.