Washington (CNN) — A Georgia judge shut down the effort by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to have all 19 defendants, including former President Donald Trump, to be tried together in October in the Georgia election subversion case.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee announced Thursday that Trump and 16 co-defendants will move forward on their own schedule, with a trial date yet be announced.

The two remaining co-defendants, Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell, sought speedy trials and are scheduled to begin in October.

Thursday’s order is a victory for Trump and his fellow co-defendants who did not want to go to trial this October. The schedule laid out by the judge only cemented some of the steps in the pre-trial process, setting up the possibility that the trial itself does not happen until well into 2024, or even later. Trump’s legal calendar during the first half of next year is already clogged with plans for trials in the other criminal cases he faces, and he is juggling those proceedings with his 2024 presidential run.

“Fulton County DA Fani Willis’ politically motivated, wrongful attempt to deny President Trump due process of law by arguing that no severances should be granted has been summarily squashed by the court,” a spokesperson for Trump said. “Willis’ unjust rush to judgment in order to please her radical political base has simply failed.”

While McAfee didn’t set a trial date for Trump and 16 of his co-defendants, the timeline he sets out in a court order Thursday means they wouldn’t go on trial before at least December.

The new schedule laid out by the judge signals he wants to start hashing out pretrial disputes with the batch of 17 defendants by the end of the year. The judge is ordering discovery to start by October 6.

However, there is no set timeline yet for the trial for the 17 defendants nor is there one for resolving disputes over what evidence can be presented to the jury. McAfee ordered that other types of pretrial motions be filed by December 1, but he has not scheduled a hearing on those requests.

At the pace McAfee laid out, federal courts will have some time to address the efforts by some defendants in the case to move their prosecutions to federal court.

Potential case will compete with Trump’s already busy 2024 trial calendar

The Georgia election subversion case is one of four criminal cases proceeding against the former president, who is also involved in several civil matters that are also clogging up his legal calendar as the 2024 election cycle heats up.

McAfee’s order cements that the Fulton County prosecution against Trump won’t go to trial this year, and it presents the possibility that it could be competing against the trials set for the first half of next year in the three other criminal cases against Trump.

One of those cases is the federal election subversion case that special counsel Jack Smith has brought against Trump in Washington, DC, that is currently to go to trial in early March. Smith took more streamlined approach than Willis against Trump, and charged him by himself, without any co-defendants.

The trial date for the prosecution by Manhattan prosecutors of Trump for an alleged hush-money scheme in his 2016 campaign appears to be in flux. Initially scheduled for March 2024 as well, the judge in that case signaled this week he was open to moving the start date to accommodate Trump’s increasingly complicated legal calendar.

The special counsel case alleging Trump mishandled classified documents is slated for a trial that begins in a Florida federal court in late May.

While he is juggling these various criminal cases – as well as the New York attorney general’s civil fraud case against his business and family going to trial in October, as well as the defamation proceedings related to his smears of a woman who accused him of sexual assault – Trump is ramping up for the 2024 presidential race, where he is the front-runner for the GOP nomination.

He has argued that prosecutors’ attempt to bring him to trial in the coming months is a politically-motivated effort to meddle in the 2024 election. They have countered that the public has its own interest in seeing him and his criminal codefendants tried swiftly, and there are no legitimate legal reasons for pushing the trials in his cases until after the 2024 election.

Effort to keep sprawling Georgia case together

In arguing that the 19 defendants in her case should be tried together on a quick timeline, Willis had argued that breaking up the case “to multiple lengthy trials would create an enormous strain on the judicial resources of the Fulton County Superior Court.”

McAfee’s new order did not indicate whether he is considering further breaking out the 17 defendants not being tried in October into smaller groups, but it is a proposal that some of the defendants are already floating.

“Three or more simultaneous, high-profile trials would create a host of security issues and would create unavoidable burdens on witnesses and victims, who would be forced to testify three or more times on the same set of facts in the same case,” prosecutors in Willis’ office said in a filing this week.

Additionally, several of the Georgia case defendants have parallel proceedings in federal courts underway. Those defendants – which include former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark and three defendants alleged to have been involved in the fake electors scheme – are seeking to move the Fulton County prosecutions against them into federal court, where they’ll seek immunity under protections extended to agents of the US government in certain circumstances. If any of those requests are successful, it is still unclear what that would mean for the rest of Willis’ case.

Meadows is withdrawing his request for an emergency appeals court order that would have paused the state court prosecution against him in the Georgia election subversion case.

Meadows will continue to fight in federal court to move the proceedings out of state court. Given that he no longer faces the possibility of an October trial in the Fulton County prosecution, Meadows said there is enough time to resolve the federal court dispute.

In a new filing with the US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, which was scheduled to hold oral arguments on the emergency request Friday morning, Meadows’ attorneys noted that McAfee made clear Thursday morning that Meadows’ state case would not be put on a fast track to go to trial next month.

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