Former DA, defense attorney predict no jail time for the former president post-conviction in New York

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New York – As the legal saga surrounding the former president continues, key figures from both the prosecution and defense have voiced their opinions on the potential outcomes following his conviction in the New York hush money trial. This case has ignited discussions on numerous legal and political fronts, highlighting the complexities of sentencing in high-profile cases.

Former DA, defense attorney predict no jail time for the former president post-conviction in New York
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Differing Views on Sentencing

Cyrus Vance Jr., the former Manhattan District Attorney, shared his views on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” expressing skepticism about the likelihood of Trump serving jail time. Vance cited the repeated contempt citations Trump received during the trial—ten in total—as complicating factors that could influence the sentencing. However, he also noted the timing of Trump’s sentencing, which is scheduled just days after the Republican Convention and close to the upcoming election. This proximity, Vance suggested, might lead to an adjournment of the sentencing until after the election.

“The president has made this a little more complicated by having been found in contempt 10 times during the court,” Vance stated. He elaborated on the potential political and judicial repercussions, indicating that the timing of these events might affect the final decision on whether Trump should serve time behind bars.

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On the other side, Todd Blanche, Trump’s defense attorney, argued against imprisonment, citing Trump’s age and the precedent set for similar cases. In his discussion with CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, Blanche emphasized that incarcerating Trump would be unprecedented and inappropriate, given the nature of the offenses and his age. “I have no idea. Look, there’s a system in place where you rely on precedent, and somebody like President Trump should never, never face a jail sentence based on this conduct,” Blanche asserted.

Blanche also criticized some of the trial’s judicial decisions, acknowledging that while some were fair, others were viewed as inconsistent with the law. This critique points to the ongoing tension between the defense and the judiciary over how the trial was conducted.

The Role of Judge Juan Merchan

Central to this legal controversy is Judge Juan Merchan, who presided over the trial. Trump and his allies have repeatedly accused Merchan of bias, pointing to his minor donations to Democratic campaigns as evidence. However, Vance defended Merchan’s integrity, emphasizing his fair handling of the case and dismissing the notion that these contributions represented a significant conflict of interest.

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Vance also refuted the idea that Trump is being persecuted for his political beliefs, instead highlighting the legal justifications for the proceedings. He recalled instances where Trump had influenced the dismissal of U.S. Attorneys who were investigating him, underscoring the politicized nature of his legal troubles.

As the date for Trump’s sentencing approaches on July 11th, the debate over his potential jail time continues to unfold. With figures like Vance and Blanche offering differing perspectives, the case not only explores legal boundaries but also delves into the implications of political influence on judicial proceedings. The nation now watches closely as the court prepares to make a decision that could have significant ramifications for the legal and political landscape.

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