Judge Merchan Reveals Shocking Development That Could Affect Trump Case

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Judge Juan M. Merchan, who is overseeing the prominent case involving former President Donald Trump, has disclosed a new information that has the potential to greatly influence the final result. This follows closely after Trump’s conviction by a jury in Manhattan for the act of falsifying business documents connected to the incident involving hush money paid to Stormy Daniels.

Trump made history by becoming the first U.S. president to be convicted of a felony, which carries a maximum jail sentence of four years.

“Dear Counsel: Today, the Court became aware of a comment that was posted on the Unified Court System’s public Facebook page and which I now bring to your attention,” Merchan wrote. “In the comment, the user, ‘Michael Anderson,’ states: ‘My cousin is a juror and says Trump is getting convicted. Thank you folks for all your hard work!!!!’”

Merchan brought the Facebook comment, which is already a week old, to the court’s attention on Friday, leading to an immediate examination of its consequences. The post addressed a standard UCS alert about oral arguments that were not relevant, but it specifically mentioned the Trump trial.

In the widely publicized case, Trump was found guilty on all 34 counts of first-degree business record falsification.

The accusations were based on a purported plot to hide Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress, from reporting an alleged affair prior to the 2016 election by paying her $130,000. Trump insisted on his innocence the entire time, calling the proceedings a politically driven farce.

There are important ramifications for the Trump case from the disclosure of a Facebook comment that claimed a juror was biased. First of all, it calls into question the impartiality of the decision. The remark raises further questions regarding the impartiality of the jury because it implies that one of the jurors was certain of Trump’s guilt before the formal verdict.

The verdict of the entire jury may be called into question if it is established that any juror had predetermined conceptions or was swayed by extraneous information. This might result in a mistrial or give rise to an appeal, since Trump’s attorneys could contend that their client’s right to a fair trial was violated.

An inquiry into the jury selection and deliberation procedures may be initiated by any suspected misbehavior on the part of jurors. To ascertain the degree of any bias or outside influence, this may entail questioning jurors. Such an investigation can cause the court case to drag on and sentence to be postponed.

Such high-profile cases are constantly watched, and any hint of improper behavior can fuel public mistrust of the justice system. The likely Republican nominee, Donald Trump, may seize this opportunity to energize his supporters and support his allegations that he has been unfairly punished.

“It was a rigged trial, it was a disgrace,” Trump said outside the courtroom after the ruling. “The real verdict is going to be November 5th by the people.” He continued to proclaim his innocence, saying, “We didn’t do a thing wrong. I am a very innocent man. We have a country that is in big trouble.”

District Attorney Alvin Bragg levied numerous accusations against Trump. The prosecution’s case rested on demonstrating Trump’s intention to conceal the payment to Daniels, which Michael Cohen, his former attorney, claimed he had arranged with the help of a home equity line of credit. The primary witness for the prosecution, Cohen, stated in court that Trump gave him instructions to “handle it” in order to prevent a scandal before the election. Trump’s legal team, however, angrily denied that Cohen had any instructions about the payment.

 

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