Anthony Clark, Chief Justice of Aenderia, has rejected a motion to dismiss with prejudice from Acting Presydent Horatio Eden that would have brought an end to the sedition case against him in the micronation.
Acting Presydent Eden brought the motion following the prosecution’s failure to comply with the court’s discovery order within the specified time limit – discovery, in essence, is a requirement that the defense and prosecution in a case both be informed in advance of the witnesses and evidence the other side intends to submit before the trial.
Aenderian Attorney General Joshua Mullins, representing the state in the trial, cited health concerns as the primary reason for the prosecution’s failure to comply within the court’s time limit. This met with the satisfaction of Chief Justice Clark, who rejected Eden’s motion and extended the discovery period still further by one week.
This brings it within less than ten days of the Presydential election in which Eden is a candidate – the election is on the 20th of October, 2018, and the winner will be immediately inaugurated. It is unclear if Eden could continue to campaign if he were a convicted criminal.
The Acting Presydent’s office and the communications office of the Eden Presydential campaign both deny the claims on Eden’s behalf.
The case continues.