First Trump co-defendant pleads not guilty in Georgia election case


Hours after a Georgia judge stated previous President Donald Trump and 18 other individuals are arranged to be arraigned next week in the state’s election disturbance case, the very first accused pleaded not guilty.

Ray Smith, a lawyer who represented Trump in 2020 Georgia cases, waived his Sept. 6 arraignment in a Fulton County court filing Monday.

Smith was prosecuted this month in addition to Trump and 17 other individuals. They are implicated of criminal misbehavior in connection with efforts to reverse the 2020 governmental election leads to the battlefield state of Georgia.

Ray Smith.
Ray Smith. Fulton County Sheriff’s Office

Smith is charged with 12 counts– 3 of solicitation of offense of oath by public officer, 2 of making incorrect declarations, 2 of first-degree conspiracy to dedicate forgery, 2 of conspiracy to dedicate incorrect declarations and works, among infraction of the Georgia RICO Act, among conspiracy to devote filing incorrect files and among conspiracy to devote impersonating public officer.

He gave up Wednesday and was launched after having actually published a $50,000 bond.

Smith’s lawyer stated in Monday’s filing, initially reported by CNN, that Smith’s legal group comprehends that he will be excused from appearing in court for his scheduled arraignment.

The lawyer, Amanda Clark Palmer, did not right away react to an ask for remark Monday night.

A judge stated Monday that Trump, together with Rudy Giuliani and other allies of the previous president, are set up to be arraigned Sept. 6 in 15- minute increments. Trump is set up to be arraigned at 9: 30 a.m., according to the schedule. It’s not yet clear whether Trump’s arraignment will remain in individual or virtual.

Phil Helsel

Phil Helsel is a press reporter for NBC News.

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