Jailhouse Shuffle : The convoluted Georgia racketeering case may require Donald Trump and the other 18 accused to undergo an unusual booking process. This will differ from his three other crime cases, which were handled normally. The office of Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat made this protocol public, revealing the next stage in this ongoing judicial process.
The most essential component of this process is that Trump and his friends will be booked at the county’s Rice Street Jail instead of the courts, as in most of his criminal cases. This is different from his courtroom approach to criminal cases. The sheriff’s office says these agreements may vary because this situation is unique. Remember this crucial point.
The booking process is lengthy, but all 19 suspects, including Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and Mark Meadows, are expected to go through it. Trump was reserved in this way. This process is expected to involve the Rice Street Jail. However, the statement states that this case’s unusual characteristics could affect the situation in unexpected ways.
Planning becomes more necessary when this is considered. It requires defendants to be formally processed, which includes fingerprinting and mug photographs. Trump’s unusual prominence and big public image have rendered mug shots obsolete. However, fingerprinting was essential to this official process.
It’s crucial to distinguish this early processing stage from arraignment. Criminal defendants state their pleas at arraignment. The sheriff’s office informs the suspect that a virtual arraignment or appearance may occur, but the judge decides. This is different from Trump’s earlier arraignments in New York, Florida, and the District of Columbia, when he had to appear in person.
Remember that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis understood that these claims may cause community problems. Building barricades around courts was done in preparation for this prediction. However, the indictment announcement on Monday proceeded smoothly.