April 9, 2024

Trump Motion Denied in Hush-Money Case

By this time next week, attorneys in the Trump hush-money trial will be neck-deep in jury selection.

Donald Trump’s legal team was doing its best to delay that, but they fell short again.

The appellate court has denied the motion to have the case delayed.

Sorry… Not Happening

Trump’s latest motion to have the case delayed was on the premise that there is no way Trump can get a fair, unbiased jury in this case.

Trump’s attorney argued that "polling and quantitative analysis of media coverage shows that a fair and impartial jury cannot be selected right now based on prejudicial pretrial publicity."

Judge Lizbeth Gonzalez, however, does not see it that way.

In her ruling, she wrote, "Defendant’s application for a stay of trial…pending the determination of defendant’s motion for change of venue, is denied.”

Previous attempts by Trump to have this case delayed were also denied.

Trump has requested that Judge Merchan, the presiding judge in the case, delay the case until Trump’s appeal to the Supreme Court is heard, but Merchan was not going to allow this case to be put behind schedule by months.

Trump continues to maintain that he had blanket immunity as the president, but the Supreme Court has been clear in past rulings that this is not the case for any president.

The immunity that exists for a president is related to acts solely linked to the presidential duties.

Trump will have to convince the court that holding the “Stop the Steal” rally on January 6, 2021, was the act of a president and not that of a candidate who was trying to overturn the announced election results.

If Trump cannot do that, the Supreme Court will rule against him.

That immunity would not even be relevant in this case, as the acts that Trump is being tried for took place before Trump became president.

Bragg’s case concentrates on the hush-money payments made to, among others, Stormy Daniels, during the 2016 presidential election cycle.

As we have noted before, if Trump is found guilty of a felony, his support will drop by roughly 30%, which is more than enough for Biden to win this upcoming election.

For that very reason, I fully expect Trump to continue to throw motions at the court in an effort to have this trial delayed until it will not impact the outcome of the presidential election.

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