Judge Rejects Trump’s Bid to Dismiss Hush Money Charges, Trial Set for March

NEW YORK — In a significant development, Judge Juan Merchan has denied former President Donald Trump’s request to dismiss the hush money charges against him, setting the stage for the first criminal trial of a former president. The trial is scheduled to begin on March 25, allowing for a verdict well ahead of the Republican National Convention and the general election later this year.

During the hearing, Trump’s lawyers argued for a delay, citing the former president’s other ongoing cases. However, Judge Merchan maintained the trial’s timeline, emphasizing the need for expediency. This decision brings the hush money prosecution to the forefront once again, overshadowing other criminal charges faced by Trump.

The indictment, brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, accuses Trump of falsifying business records by reimbursing his former fixer, Michael Cohen, for payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. The payments were allegedly made to keep Daniels silent about an alleged affair with Trump before the 2016 presidential election. Trump, who denies the affair, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Trump had sought to dismiss the indictment, claiming selective prosecution, technical defects in the grand jury process, and untimely filing of the case. Legal experts considered these arguments unlikely to succeed, but many anticipated a delay in the trial to allow Trump to face federal charges in Washington, D.C., related to the 2020 presidential election. However, Trump’s appeal for presidential immunity in the D.C. case has put the trial on hold, pending a Supreme Court decision.

Judge Merchan acknowledged the uncertainty surrounding the D.C. trial and its potential impact on the hush money case. He revealed ongoing discussions with the D.C. judge, indicating a willingness to accommodate any conflicts. Meanwhile, Alvin Bragg has publicly stated that he would not oppose Trump’s federal cases taking precedence if necessary.

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1 Response

  1. This is a groundbreaking case that highlights the importance of accountability for public figures, regardless of their status or position. It reminds me of the case of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

    Park Geun-hye was the first female president of South Korea, serving from 2013 to 2017. In 2016, a massive corruption scandal known as the “Choi Soon-sil gate” erupted, implicating President Park in a web of influence-peddling and bribery.

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