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Wed Jun 5, 2024, 02:24 AM Jun 5

Barbara McQuade: Debunking 12 Myths About Trump's Conviction


Depending on your perspective, the conviction of Donald Trump on 34 counts in a Manhattan courtroom was either a refreshing affirmation of the rule of law or a miscarriage of justice in a politically motivated prosecution. A jury returned a verdict finding that Trump had caused the falsification of checks, invoices, and ledgers to conceal the payment of $130,000 to adult film actress Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 presidential election, with intent to conceal the violation of campaign finance and tax laws.

We are all entitled to our own views of the case, of course, but opinion should also be based on facts. Certain myths are creeping into the conversation and distorting the truth about Trump’s conviction. And it’s worth examining some of these myths in order to dispel them.

Myth: No one knows what Trump was charged with.

Response: Trump was charged in a 15-page indictment, handed up by a grand jury, with 34 counts of violating New York Penal Law 175-10 in the first degree, which is a felony. A violation in the first degree occurs when a person falsifies business records with an intent to defraud that includes an intent to commit, aid, or conceal another crime. In addition to the indictment, the Manhattan District Attorney filed a 13-page statement of facts detailing the allegations.

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Barbara McQuade: Debunking 12 Myths About Trump's Conviction (Original Post) Nevilledog Jun 5 OP
Very good article. Bookmarking. tanyev Jun 5 #1
Great article LetMyPeopleVote Jun 5 #2
Heck, I've seen some of those myths posted here on DU Johnny2X2X Jun 5 #3


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3. Heck, I've seen some of those myths posted here on DU
Wed Jun 5, 2024, 03:06 PM
Jun 5

I've been saying it and people have been challening me on it snce these charges came into existence, but there is nothing novel about upgrading charges to felonies if the crimes were committed to cover up another crime, that happens all the time in court rooms everywhere, even if those other crimes weren't charged. There are drug dealers in jail in every state for having misdemeanors upgraded to felonies because those misdemeanors were in concealment of another crime that wasn't charged for one reason or another. And it's especially normal in financial crimes where because of the crimes to conceal, the other crimes weren't provable.

In business fraud, they charge falsifying records all the time to cover up more serious crimes that they couldn't charge because those record falsifications covered it up. That's essentially what this was.

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