Former President Donald Trump won the state by a large margin in 2020, which could be advantageous for his federal prosecution for allegedly mishandling classified documents.
As reported by Newsmax on Friday, the majority of the jury pool will be comprised of counties that Trump easily won in 2016 and 2020, which could work to his advantage when the case goes to trial.
Moreover, the federal judge overseeing the case is Aileen Cannon, who was appointed by Trump. And on Friday, she indicated that the trial would take place in Fort Pierce, the federal courthouse in the northern portion of the Southern District of Florida where she typically seats.
According to The New York Times, the region contains one transition county and four solidly red counties. Cannon did, however, left open the possibility that the case could be relocated.
Dave Aronberg, a departing Florida state attorney in Palm Beach County, told the Times, “I’m not convinced this case will proceed in Fort Pierce.” He then predicted that the matter could be transferred to West Palm Beach, where Trump resides and where the classified documents were discovered.
However, if the case remains in Fort Pierce for the time being, Trump will be in a favorable position when it comes time to select a jury.
“For years, it’s been a very conservative venue for plaintiffs’ lawyers,” trial lawyer John Morgan told the Times. “It is solid, solid Trump country.”
Trump received 71.5% of the vote in Okeechobee jurisdiction, a rural jurisdiction where just over 16,000 people voted in the 2020 election, according to the county’s election tally. In 2020, he won Highlands County with 66.8%. This county is a rural area where over 52,000 residents cast ballots.
In Martin County, where more than 98 thousand people voted, Trump received 61.8% of the vote. More than 97,000 people voted in Indian River County, where the then-president received 60.2% of the vote.
St. Lucie County was a bellwether county that Trump won narrowly in both 2016 and 2020. In 2020, he received 50.4% of the vote to defeat President Joe Biden.
Fort Myers is located along the Atlantic coast of Florida, approximately 100 miles north of Miami. The trial date has been set for August 14 “or as soon thereafter as the case may be called.”
According to reports published on Wednesday, Trump has learned which witnesses federal prosecutors will summon to testify against him.
The revelation stemmed from the Justice Department’s release of “grand jury testimony of witnesses who will testify for the government at the trial of this case” as part of the pre-trial discovery phase.
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That said, the DOJ’s filing did not list the witnesses specifically nor what they said during their grand jury testimony. CONTINUE READING…