Recent developments have occurred in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s case against former President Donald Trump.
Last week, Trump was arraigned on federal charges related to his management of classified documents at his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago. As a result, Bragg’s case against Trump is likely to be postponed, as the federal case has priority.
An ethics panel stated that “neither the former president nor his attorneys have presented evidence to support their claims that the judge in his hush-money criminal case has an anti-Trump bias,” despite the fact that the case is now likely “on hold” pending the outcome of the federal case.
“In court papers made public Tuesday, the Manhattan district attorney’s office defended Judge Juan Manuel Merchan against Trump’s claims that he’s a ‘Trump-hating judge,’ amplifying a court ethics panel’s recent opinion that a judge in his situation wouldn’t have to recuse himself,” Fox 5 New York reported.
“The opinion, issued May 4 by the state’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics, suggests Merchan may have sought the panel’s input as he wrestled with the gravity of his role in the case and nagging concerns that he could be seen as having a bias or conflict of interest. The opinion doesn’t list names, but the details match, with ‘the inquiring judge’ described as presiding in a criminal case involving ‘a former public official,’” the outlet added.
Bragg is facing legal issues related to his filing of charges against Trump, accusing him of illegalities involving a hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels prior to the 2016 presidential election, which was facilitated by his then-personal attorney Michael Cohen.
Fox News notes: “The Heritage Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based conservative think tank, has sued Bragg under suspicions that he and his office coordinated or communicated with the Justice Department, the White House, and Rep. Daniel Goldman, D-N.Y., about the prosecution. In its lawsuit, Heritage claims that such actions eventually led to investigations by several U.S. House committees into Bragg’s conduct.”
A significant development has also occurred in the federal case brought against Trump by Special Counsel Jack Smith, who was appointed by Biden’s Justice Department.
A federal judge in Florida has set the trial of former President Donald Trump in the case involving his management of classified documents to begin on August 14.
“U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon bookmarked the last two weeks in August for the historic trial, part of an omnibus order setting some early ground rules and deadlines for the case. That would represent a startlingly rapid pace for a case that is expected to be complicated and require lengthy pretrial wrangling over extraordinarily sensitive classified secrets,” Politico reported.
Last week, during his arraignment in Miami, Trump’s counsel entered a “not guilty” plea on his behalf.
The federal judge granted Trump pre-trial release with no restrictions other than a prohibition on witness contact. Smith has filed 37 charges against Trump relating to his management of classified documents. Trump, President Joe Biden’s chief opponent in next year’s presidential election, could face decades in prison if proven guilty on all charges.
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