ATLANTA, Georgia — The legal landscape witnessed a seismic shift as former US President Donald Trump was taken into custody in Georgia, embroiled in charges of racketeering and conspiracy related to his alleged involvement in efforts to upend the outcome of the 2020 election in the southern state.

In a session lasting a mere fraction of an hour, Donald Trump, aged 77, was formally processed on a count of 13 allegations at the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, as revealed in official documentation disclosed by the sheriff’s office.

Elaborating on Trump’s physical traits, the jail records recorded his stature at six feet and three inches (1.9 meters), weight at 215 pounds (97 kilograms), and hair hue as described as “Blond or Strawberry.”

Notably, this marks the fourth instance of Trump’s detainment this year; however, unlike his earlier apprehensions in New York, Florida, and Washington, he was unable to elude the customary booking photo. Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat asserted that capturing an arrestee’s image prior to their eventual release under a $200,000 bond, the amount set for Trump, conforms to the standard protocol in Georgia.

This development arrives on the coattails of Trump’s decision to abstain from participating in a televised debate featuring contenders for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. Despite his absence, Trump’s influence casts a long shadow, with a majority of candidates signaling their readiness to endorse him as the party’s nominee, even in the face of a potential felony conviction.

In a previously recorded conversation with former Fox News talk show host Tucker Carlson, broadcast in tandem with the debate across social media platforms, Trump vehemently dismissed the criminal suits against him as “baseless.” Donald Trump went on to accuse the Justice Department of being “weaponized” during President Biden’s tenure to impede his prospective bid for the White House.

Enhanced security measures enveloped Trump’s booking procedure at Fulton County Jail, a facility currently confronting scrutiny due to inmate fatalities and subpar conditions. The district attorney for Fulton County, Fani Willis, who initiated the extensive racketeering case, issued a demand for Trump and 18 co-defendants to surrender by noon (1600 GMT) the following day. Presently, Trump and 11 others have complied with this requisition.

On Thursday, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows turned himself in, subsequently securing his release on a $100,000 bond. In the interim, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who served as Trump’s personal attorney during his tenure and fervently propagated unfounded assertions of victory in the 2020 election, had previously undergone booking and release earlier in the week.

Among the implicated figures in the case is John Eastman, a conservative legal expert accused of masterminding a scheme to present a fabricated set of Trump electors to Congress from Georgia, supplanting the valid Biden electors. Eastman has also been placed under arrest.

Beyond the jail walls, a small cluster of Trump’s supporters gathered, including Sharon Anderson, who spent the night in her vehicle. Anderson espoused her conviction that the situation was tantamount to “political persecution” that had escalated into a “political prosecution.”

Evidently, Trump’s apprehension ushers in an unprecedented era, marking him as the inaugural former US president to grapple with criminal accusations. These legal proceedings are poised to intersect with the Republican presidential primaries, set to kick off in January, concurrent with the preparations for the November 2024 presidential election.

Special counsel Jack Smith proposed a trial commencement in January 2024 for the case against Trump, which centers on allegations of conspiring to subvert the previous election through a disinformation-fueled campaign culminating in the January 6, 2021 assault on the US Capitol by his supporters.

In response, Trump’s legal team advocated for a trial to commence well after the election, specifically proposing April 2026. Willis, the district attorney for Georgia, initially suggested a March 2023 initiation for the racketeering case, aligning with Trump’s scheduled trial in New York on charges linked to payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

However, during the proceedings on Thursday, triggered by a request for an expedited trial from one of the defendants, Willis proposed a collective trial start date for all 19 defendants in October of the current year. This proposition was swiftly met with opposition from Trump’s legal representatives. Meanwhile, the case in Florida, which revolves around accusations of Trump inappropriately accessing and withholding classified government documents upon exiting the White House, is slated for trial in May.