The recent indictment in Georgia’s RICO case against former President Donald Trump has sparked speculation among legal experts about the possibility of some of the 18 co-conspirators collaborating with the prosecution. Notable figures like Rudy Giuliani and Mark Meadows are among the co-defendants facing charges related to the alleged conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election results.
Experts believe that the large number of individuals involved in the case presents an opportunity for the prosecution to secure cooperation. Co-defendants seeking favorable outcomes, such as reduced sentences, could be incentivized to provide information on Trump’s alleged involvement. Unindicted co-conspirators are common in complex cases, as some individuals may not be charged due to weak evidence or their cooperation with authorities, explained Anna Cominsky, a law professor at New York Law School.
Given the severity of potential sentences for racketeering and conspiracy charges, legal analysts argue that the inducement for cooperation is strong in this case. Sarah Krissoff, a former federal prosecutor, believes that the use of the specific statute in this case, coupled with the large number of co-defendants, increases the likelihood of collaboration in an effort to protect their own interests.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is expected to utilize this incentive to encourage cooperation, putting pressure on co-defendants who may be considering providing information in exchange for leniency. Tristan Snell, founder of Main Street Law, suggests that former Trump attorney Jenna Ellis could be a potential candidate for cooperation, given Trump’s track record of distancing himself from once-supportive individuals. Snell notes that such distancing has often resulted in individuals turning against Trump.
Stan Twardy, a lawyer at Day Pitney and former US Attorney for the District of Connecticut, acknowledges the uncertainty surrounding which co-defendants might choose to cooperate. He highlights the possibility of individuals deciding to collaborate with the government before the trial, using the example of state electors who agreed to testify in exchange for immunity.
Overall, legal experts agree that the significant number of co-conspirators offers the prosecution a unique opportunity to gather crucial information that could reshape the dynamics of the case and potentially lead to cooperation against Trump.