Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows entered a plea of not guilty on Tuesday, rebutting charges accusing him of involvement in an illicit endeavor to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia. Notably, Meadows will not be present for his scheduled court appearance in Atlanta this week.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee had slated arraignment hearings for Wednesday, encompassing Meadows, former President Donald Trump, and 17 other individuals indicted last month in a comprehensive legal action. By Tuesday midday, all defendants, except one, had submitted pleas of not guilty through court filings, and they waived their rights to a formal arraignment hearing.
Arraignment hearings typically afford defendants the opportunity to have the charges against them officially stated and to enter their formal plea.
Former President Trump had previously submitted his not guilty plea in a court filing on Thursday, while Rudy Giuliani entered his plea on Friday. Over the course of several days, the remaining pleas were gradually filed. Misty Hampton, the former elections director in Coffee County, stood as the sole individual who had yet to waive the arraignment process.
Mark Meadows and four others are actively pursuing a transfer of the charges against them to federal court. However, during a recent hearing addressing Meadows’ request, U.S. District Judge Steve Jones clarified that if he had not issued a ruling by the designated arraignment date, or if the case remained within the state jurisdiction, Meadows would not be excused from the arraignment proceedings.