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Historic Conviction

Donald Trump Found Guilty on All 34 Felony Counts

In a landmark decision, a New York jury found former President Donald Trump guilty on all 34 felony counts of falsifying business records. This verdict marks the first time in American history that a former U.S. president has been convicted of a crime. The jury reached their decision after 9½ hours of deliberations.

The Trial and Verdict

The trial, which began on April 15, focused on charges stemming from a hush money payment made by Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the final weeks of the 2016 presidential election. Trump had pleaded not guilty to all charges, asserting that the payments were legitimate and not intended to influence the election.

As the jury foreperson read the verdict, Trump, with narrowed eyes, listened to each count of “guilty.” Judge Juan Merchan, presiding over the case, thanked the jurors for their dedication, emphasizing the gravity of their service. Trump, visibly displeased, reportedly scowled at the jurors as they exited the courtroom.

Sentencing and Political Implications

Trump is scheduled to be sentenced on July 11, just days before the Republican National Convention. He faces penalties ranging from fines to four years in prison per count. However, it is expected that any sentences would be served concurrently. Despite this, legal experts suggest that Trump might remain free while appealing the verdict, a process that could extend well beyond the presidential election in November.

Reactions and Statements

Following the verdict, Trump vehemently criticized the trial, labeling it as rigged and accusing the judge of corruption. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, however, maintained that the trial followed due process without bias. “While this defendant may be unlike any other in American history, we arrived at this trial and ultimately today at this verdict by following the facts and the law in doing so, without fear or favor,” Bragg stated.

In response to the verdict, Trump’s attorney, Todd Blanche, filed a motion for acquittal, which was promptly denied by Judge Merchan. Blanche had argued that the payments to Cohen were legitimate and that there was no conspiracy to influence the election.

The Case Against Trump

Prosecutors presented a robust case, arguing that Trump’s disguised payments to Cohen were part of a coordinated effort to influence the 2016 election through illegal expenditures. The prosecution called 20 witnesses, including Cohen, who testified about Trump’s direct involvement in the payment and subsequent reimbursement plan. Despite attempts by the defense to discredit Cohen’s testimony, prosecutors provided documentary evidence and witness corroborations supporting Cohen’s claims.

Political Repercussions

As the presumptive Republican nominee for president, Trump wasted no time using the conviction to galvanize his base, labeling himself a political prisoner and soliciting donations. His conviction has spurred various reactions, with President Joe Biden’s campaign underscoring that the verdict demonstrates no one is above the law.

Moving Forward

Despite the historic nature of the conviction, Trump’s political future remains uncertain. Legal analysts believe that even if sentenced to prison, Trump’s appeals process could delay incarceration, allowing him to continue his presidential campaign. As America watches, the implications of this case will undoubtedly shape the nation’s political landscape in the months to come.

 

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