May 18, 2024

Jury Instructions for Trump’s Hush Money Trial

While some may wonder about the questions about bias, I’m more interested in how the case is stated to the jury:

“The allegations are in substance that Donald Trump falsified business records to conceal an agreement with others to unlawfully influence the 2016 election. Specifically, it is alleged that Donald Trump made or concerned false business records to hide the true nature of payments to Michael Cohen, by characterizing them as payment for legal services rendered pursuant to a retainer agreement. The people allege that in fact, the payments were intended to reimburse Michael Cohen for money he paid to Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, in the weeks before the presidential election to prevent her from publicly revealing details about a past sexual encounter with Donald Trump. Donald Trump has pleaded not guilty and denies the allegations,” the summary said.

As We Barrel Headlong Into Trump’s First Criminal Trial, Biased Judge Merchan Releases Jury Questions

The part that I find interesting is the concept that Trump is being tried for a federal crime in a state court. If the judge was unbiased, it would seem to me that this is the first question that would need to be settled conclusively, and this will be the first thing that Trump confronts on appeal.

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