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WarGamer

(12,861 posts)
Fri May 17, 2024, 11:48 AM May 17

Good read... How Could Trump's New York Hush Money Trial End?

https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/how-could-trumps-new-york-hush-money-trial-end

The main takeaways being...

Trump is charged with 34 Class E felony counts, which are punishable by imprisonment for more than one year. If the former president is found guilty, he could serve between a year and four months and four years in prison for each count, though a prison sentence is unlikely.

This scenario has received little attention but is worth mentioning. Trump can be convicted of the misdemeanor charges of falsifying business records even though the indictment only charges him with felony counts.

If convicted, his case would be heard by the First Department of the New York Supreme Court’s Appellate Division, and it could potentially be appealed again to the New York State Court of Appeals, which is New York’s highest court. Notably, that court just overturned Harvey Weinstein’s 2020 sex crimes conviction.




The misdemeanor part is notable because the crux of the prosecution case to make a felony... is proving the falsification was done for electoral reasons. The misdemeanor conviction may be the compromise position in the jury room IF there are disagreements.
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Good read... How Could Trump's New York Hush Money Trial End? (Original Post) WarGamer May 17 OP
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Your opinion, sir: yagotme May 17 #2

yagotme

(3,290 posts)
2. Your opinion, sir:
Fri May 17, 2024, 02:31 PM
May 17

Wasn't the main reason for the charges to be felonies was that the statute of limitations had run out for the misdemeanors? If this is/was the case, can he still be found guilty of misdemeanors, at this current time?

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