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Donald Trump booked into Fulton County Jail for fourth indictment charges

Former president Donald Trump was indicted for the fourth time August 14 for attempts to manipulate Georgia’s 2020 election results. He is charged with forgery, impersonating a public officer, filing false documents and several other related offenses.   

This line of indictments features two American firsts: the first time a past or present president has faced criminal charges and the first to have a mugshot. The crimes Trump is charged with required “full-face and profile photographs” to be taken when he was processed, Georgia law stipulates. Cameras will also be allowed in the courtroom, according to CBS News, making this indictment unique of the four.

An indictment, the formal charge of a crime, is just the first step in the criminal case process. It is followed closely by an arraignment: the defendant’s first court appearance, where a judge will elaborate on indictment information and the defendant will plead guilty or not guilty to the charges. Trump’s arraignment for this case is set for the week of September 5, CNN reports. A preliminary hearing and a trial follow. The entire process can take several months to a few years, so news about Trump’s court cases will be highlighted frequently in the coming year.

In contrast to his first two indictments, cases three and four both involve the 2020 election: over the election fraud misinformation campaign that led to the January 6 Capitol riots in Washington D.C. and attempts to sway Georgia vote counts, respectively. 

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Trump and his associates have pleaded not guilty to all counts levied so far. ‘“You should be able to challenge an election,’ he said. ‘I thought the election was a rigged election, a stolen election, and I should have every right to do that’,” Trump told CBS News reporters when he surrendered himself to Fulton County jail in Georgia 

Through this, Trump continues to campaign for 2024 reelection, for which there are “no limitations based on character or criminal record,” The New York Times said, though it would be “logistically difficult to run for president from prison.” What would happen if he was elected while detained? “No one knows,” the site reports.

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Hannah Wobrock, Head Copy Editor
Hannah Wobrock is a senior and the current Head Copy Editor of The Smoke Signal. This is her first year in journalism and she's super excited about it! She is an active member of Hart Show Choir through Sound Vibrations, the acapella group Hartbeat and the program's student leadership team. When she's not attending various rehearsals or completing copious amounts of homework, Wobrock enjoys writing and arranging music, knitting and educating herself on a range of subjects - from Victorian fashion trends to organic chemistry.
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