In Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s case, former President Donald Trump’s attorneys have filed a new motion with far-reaching ramifications for the case’s potential outcome.
According to Just News, in the petition, Trump requests that the judge recuse himself because he does not believe the judge can be impartial.
“Trump’s attorneys submitted a filing to the court pointing to Judge Juan Merchan’s past role in a previous case in which he encouraged former Trump Organization executive Allen Weisselberg to cooperate against the former president, before noting the political and financial interest of the judge’s daughter in the case’s outcome,” the report said.
“Merchan’s daughter works for Authentic Strategies, a left-wing advertising group that Trump’s attorneys say stands to make money on the case, according to The Hill. The attorneys noted that the case’s outcome will likely affect political messaging during the 2024 electoral cycle and shape the ways Authentic works with its clients,” the outlet added.
In addition, the filing requests that the judge explain “what appear to be certain political contributions made by [Merchan] to candidate Joe Biden’s presidential campaign and other political causes so that the defense can assess whether these donations separately warrant [the judge’s] recusal.”
Juan Merchan, an employee of the New York court system, contributed $35 to political candidates in 2020, according to records from the Federal Election Commission. Just the News noted that $15 was contributed to the presidential campaign of Joe Biden.
“This case before this Court is historic and it is important that the People of the State of New York and this nation have confidence that the jurist who presides over it is impartial. Most respectfully, the foregoing facts compel the conclusion that Your Honor is not and thus should recuse,” insisted the former president’s legal team, the filing stated.
A Manhattan grand jury indicted Trump on 34 criminal counts of falsifying business documents related to adult film star Stormy Daniels last month. Trump allegedly paid Daniels prior to the 2016 presidential election to silence her about an affair the two had in 2006.
Trump pled not guilty to all charges, and prominent figures have criticized the case as feeble and politically motivated.
Alan Dershowitz, a renowned attorney, is among those who have expressed skepticism regarding the legal grounds supporting Bragg’s case, claiming that he is using “made-up laws” to launch a politically motivated assault.
“Nobody should ever be arrested based on made-up laws or combining a federal and state statute,” Dershowitz told The Epoch Times in an interview in March when news broke that Trump could be criminally charged. “I taught criminal law for 50 years at Harvard, and the one rule was, no creativity is permitted by prosecutors. The law has to be clear.”
“It’s not a righteous prosecution. It’s not a just prosecution. And I think every libertarian, whether you’re conservative, or liberal, should be opposed to it,” he said.
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