After indicting former President Donald Trump, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg allegedly gave a “prejudicial press conference” that could land him in legal trouble and put his career in jeopardy, according to an attorney.
Daniel R. Street outlined a case against Bragg in a Substack article, claiming he improperly slanted the case against the former president prior to a trial later this year, which he indicated was a significant ethical violation that could normally result in disbarment.
“There are ethical rules and obligations imposed on prosecutors, though many Americans are unaware of these rules. For instance, did you know prosecutors are supposed to protect the right of the accused to a Fair Trial? Did you know that prosecutors are supposed to seek justice, not simply convictions? Or that prosecutors are not supposed to make prejudicial public comments to media about the credibility, character, or reputation of the accused or to comment regarding the guilt or innocence of the accused? Did you know prosecutors are not supposed to include irrelevant, unnecessary scandalous allegations in charging documents?” Street’s piece begins.
“If you were unaware prosecutors owe these obligations to those accused of crimes, you are not alone. In fact, the recent conduct of the Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, might lead one to conclude he is unfamiliar with these obligations as well,” he added.
Street reports that on April 4, Trump appeared in a Manhattan courtroom to face the charges and pleaded not guilty. Shortly thereafter, Bragg spoke to reporters for approximately six minutes and then fielded queries for roughly the same amount of time.
“The DA used this press conference to make inflammatory and prejudicial remarks against President Trump. He publicly attacked President Trump’s character and publicly called into question his credibility and reputation,” Street wrote.
“The DA publicly asserted President Trump’s complicity and guilt in allegedly covering up several unidentified crimes (these alleged crimes are not spelled out in the indictment or the so-called ‘Statement of Facts‘ and the DA refused to identify the actual crimes at the press conference, making only vague references to alleged ‘election law’ and ‘tax’ violations). The DA used inflammatory and misleading language to characterize President Trump’s alleged involvement by claiming Trump repeatedly made ‘false statements,’” Street notes further.
Numerous news agencies covered the press conference extensively, including PBS, CBS News, Fox News, Forbes Magazine, and C-Span. The attorney also noted that the Manhattan DA’s website contains links to the CBS News broadcast of the press conference and the press release issued by the DA’s office documenting the charges brought against Trump.
Street stated that, according to New York’s Rules of Professional Conduct, the press conference, press release, and numerous alleged “facts” included in the “Statement of Facts” accompanying the indictment are obviously improper.
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