Former President Donald Trump was given a date for him to report to the Fulton County, Ga., jail during which time he is expected to be booked, fingerprinted, and a mug shot taken, according to reports.

Trump, facing 13 charges, including racketeering, has yet to publicly disclose his intended surrender date before the August 25 cutoff set by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

A statement from the Fulton County sheriff’s office addressed the pivotal question about the location where the ex-president would be arrested and subjected to the procedures of a criminal defendant, CNN reported.

“At this point, based on guidance received from the district attorney’s office and presiding judge, it is expected that all 19 defendants named in the indictment will be booked at the Rice Street Jail,” said the statement.

“Keep in mind, defendants can turn themselves in at any time. The jail is open 24/7,” the news release added. “Also, due to the unprecedented nature of this case, some circumstances may change with little or no warning.”

Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat had previously expressed his intention to handle the individuals accused in the Trump election subversion case in a manner consistent with how any other defendant would be treated.

“Unless someone tells me differently, we will be following normal practices. It doesn’t matter your status we will have mug shots ready for you,” Labat said earlier this month.

But interestingly, President Joe Biden’s Justice Department is currently investigating the Fulton County jail following several deaths.

Christopher Smith, 34, was found unresponsive at the facility and died later at the hospital, The Associated Press reported.

“The U.S. Department of Justice opened an investigation of the jail, citing Lashawn Thompson’s September 2022 death as one of dozens in the facility during the past few years. Thompson, 35, died in a bedbug-infested cell in the jail’s psychiatric wing, drawing national public attention,” the report said.

“The county reached a settlement with Thompson’s family earlier this month.

“So far this year, five people have died in Fulton County custody. In April, as part of the reaction to Thompson’s death, county commissioners approved $5.3 million in extra jail funding for inmate health tracking, cameras and other upgrades,” the network added.

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Former federal prosecutor Jennifer Rodgers said during a CNN segment on Tuesday, hours after the indictment, that Willis will probably not get to try the case within six months, as she publicly stated when making the indictment announcement.

“Back in 2022, just last year, she brought a case against a rapper and several others. What does that tell you about the timing of this case and how quickly or slowly it might be able to come to trial?” CNN anchor Sara Sidner said to the former prosecutor.

“Fani Willis has a lot of experience with RICO throughout her prosecutorial career, so she knows what she’s doing in this regard. But going back to the Young Thug case, it’s still in jury selection. I mean months and months just in jury selection,” she said.

“Picking a jury for the former president and these other high-ranking former officials and lawyers and so on is going to be even more complicated than picking a jury for the Young Thung RICO case, so to me, that just underscores again that six months is an unrealistic goal to try this thing,” she said.

Prior to the indictment, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney ran through some important logistics during a routine Monday morning in the courthouse while overseeing the grand jury proceedings.

“If a grand jury presents an indictment, that’s usually in the afternoon, and you can film and photograph that,” McBurney told reporters and members of the public crowded into his courtroom before hearing motions in a murder case stemming from a nightclub shooting.

According to a report by The Messenger, “at least part” of the indictment “may be televised.”

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