D.C. Federal Court Removes Trump’s Trial from March 4, 2024 Docket, No Date Rescheduled

Jaime Halscott

Jaime T. Halscott

Jaime T. Halscott is the Managing Partner of Appeals Law Group, a Florida-based law firm concentrating in criminal appeals, civil appeals, post-conviction relief, habeas corpus petitions, and executive clemency petitions.  He can he reached at 407-255-2165 or www.appealslawgroup.com


D.C. District Court Trial Calendar for March 4, 2024

Judge Tanya Chutkan has removed former President Donald Trump’s case from the March 4, 2024 trial calendar as he continues his appeal in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.  Judge Chutkan had previously ruled that Trump’s case will not go to trial while appeals are pending.

The change was not reflected in the official criminal case docket before U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan, who has made it clear that trial deadlines are suspended during the appeal process.

In his appeal, Trump argues that the Government lacks authority to bring charges against him for actions taken during his presidency after the 2020 election through the Capitol attack on January 6, 2021.

That appeal is currently pending in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, United States v. Donald Trump, Docket # 23-3228.  All briefs have been filed, and the panel of judges has heard oral argument on January 9, 2024.  All that remains is the Court of Appeals to render a decision, determining whether Trump will stand trial, or whether he is immune from prosecution.  Either way, the case is likely headed to the United States Supreme Court after that decision, as the losing party in the appeal is likely to seek review from the nation’s highest court.

The delay in the Washington, D.C. case raises the possibility that Trump’s first criminal trial, among the four he faces, could occur in Manhattan this spring.  In New York, Trump is charged with fraud related to hush money payments during the 2016 election. While currently scheduled for March 25, 2024, the New York court has made it clear that Trump’s Federal election subversion case in Washington D.C. will take precedence, setting the stage for more delay.

Speculation surrounds when and how the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals might rule on Trump’s appeal, with questions about whether special counsel Jack Smith can bring Trump to trial before the November election.

Judge Chutkan has indicated a reluctance to impose shorter deadlines, suggesting a potential delay of weeks or months in the trial.

The trial case is pending in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, United States v. Donald Trump, Docket # 1:23-cr-00257-TSC-1



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