Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 9, 2024

Georgia Trump Case on Hold, Prompting CNN Analyst to Declare it 'Over'

This week's decision by a Georgia appellate court to halt the criminal case against former President Donald Trump has cast serious doubt on the case proceeding before the 2024 election, according to CNN’s top legal analyst, Elie Honig.

Former President Donald Trump faces criminal charges in Georgia related to his alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results, as the Daily Wire reports, but recent developments have some pundits suggesting that the matter is effectively "over."

The appellate court has decided to pause the district court proceedings amid questions about the prosecutor's continued participation, raising questions regarding the future of the case. This decision follows a ruling by the trial court judge that allowed Trump and other defendants to file an appeal while continuing with the trial court proceedings.

Potential Impact on the Trial

Honig, CNN's senior legal Analyst and former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, voiced strong skepticism about the case advancing. He remarked, “It’s over. Let’s be realistic. It’s not happening before the 2024 election. It’s not happening in 2024. It’s maybe not happening at all.”

Honig emphasized that the appellate court's decision to take up the appeal is significant, noting that they could have rejected it outright. Instead, they chose to address it and paused the district court proceedings as well. This move indicates that the appellate court is treating the appeal with a high degree of seriousness.

The trial court judge had originally specified that proceedings would continue in the trial court despite the ongoing appeal. However, the appellate court's decision to pause these proceedings signals the possibility of an entirely different outcome.

Concerns Over Prosecutorial Conduct

A separate issue involves comments made by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis outside of court. These remarks have been deemed “legally improper” by Judge McAfee, although he has taken no formal action against Willis.

The defense is expected to argue that such “legally improper” comments by the prosecutor could impair the constitutional rights of the defendants. They believe that appropriate remedies should be implemented to address this alleged breach.

In the event that Trump and the other defendants prevail in their appeal, the case might effectively be dismissed. This could have a cascading effect, potentially leading Trump officials who have pled guilty to recant their pleas, thereby unraveling the prosecution's efforts.

Legal Experts Weigh In

Honig explained the gravity of the appellate court's actions, stating, “In fact, the trial court judge, when he issued his ruling, allowing Donald Trump, and the others, to ask the appeals court to take the case, the trial court judge specified, while you all are doing that, I am going to continue holding proceedings in this trial court.”  Honig pointed out that if the defendants succeed, the essence of the case would be undermined. “If Trump and the defendants prevail in this appeal, this case is essentially toast,” he noted.

The legal battles surrounding Trump and other defendants also highlight the growing contention regarding prosecutorial conduct and its implications for fair trials. As Honig remarked, any statements by prosecutors that are found to be legally improper need to be addressed adequately to ensure a just process.


The criminal charges against former President Donald Trump in Georgia are facing significant hurdles following the appellate court's decision to halt proceedings. CNN's Elie Honig has expressed strong doubts about the case proceeding, noting the importance of the appellate court's actions in pausing the district court's work.

Additionally, concerns over comments made by D.A. Fani Willis and their potential impact on defendants' constitutional rights are likely to be key arguments in the appeal. The outcome of this legal battle remains uncertain, with potential ramifications for Trump and other defendants ahead of the 2024 election.

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