Legal Analysts

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

FOX LiveNOW: Attorney Andrew Lieb Breaks Down Trump's Booking & Legal Complexities at Fulton County Jail

Former President Donald Trump's booking and processing at Fulton County Jail on August 24, 2023, marks a significant legal development that has elicited extensive analysis and commentary. Legal analyst Andrew Lieb joined LiveNOW from FOX to provide an examination of the legal implications surrounding this event, describing it as "surreal."

The Significance of the Mugshot

According to Lieb, this is the first instance where Trump will have a mugshot taken. While a mugshot is standard procedure for most defendants, Lieb notes that Trump managed to avoid this step in his previous three indictments. The absence of a mugshot in previous cases could potentially have legal ramifications, and the inclusion of one in this instance indicates that the Fulton County sheriff is adhering strictly to established procedures for all defendants.

Treatment by the Legal System

Andrew Lieb pointed out that in previous instances, Trump appeared to receive certain privileges uncommon for typical defendants, such as not having a mugshot taken. In Fulton County, however, the sheriff's department is treating Trump as they would any other defendant. This could be significant, as differential treatment of defendants can sometimes become a point of contention in legal proceedings.

Legal Gravity of the Situation

Lieb offered that this may be the first time Trump is fully grasping the gravity of his legal situation. The contrast between Trump's known lavish lifestyle and the austere environment of a jail cell may underscore the severity of the legal procedures that he is currently undergoing. While Lieb suggests that the gravity may be setting in for Trump, it is, of course, speculative to determine a defendant's state of mind.

Co-Defendants to Consider

In addition to Trump, Andrew Lieb pointed out two co-defendants that merit attention: Kenneth Chesebro and Mark Meadows. These actions by co-defendants could introduce variables that affect the trajectory of the case.