NRA In Danger is reporting that the trial for People of New York vs. National Rifle Association is now delayed until sometime in early 2024. It was thought the trial would have started in mid-October 2023.
According to a comment by Frank Tait, it is thought the reason for the delay is the withdrawal of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as counsel for Josh Powell. As I noted earlier, they had a parting of the ways over Powell’s ability to pay his legal bills.
One must wonder if this case will ever get to the trial stage. The case is now officially 3 years and 3 days old. I think the only people who are happy about this are the attorneys for the defendants as it gives them even more time to run up their bills with more useless filings.
UPDATE: Stephen Gutowski of The Reload is reporting that Josh Powell intends to represent himself at the trial.
The NRA's corruption trial in New York has been delayed until at least January. The lawyer for Josh Powell, Wayne LaPierre's former Chief of Staff, has withdrawn from the case. Powell tells me he plans to represent himself going forward.— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) August 9, 2023
Even as far back as the 1700s, it was thought foolish to represent oneself in court. I wish Mr. Powell well but history has not been kind to those who represent themselves.