From the second Donald Trump descended Trump Tower’s golden escalator to announce his candidacy for President in 2015 Democrats have made putting him in jail their top priority.
Manhattan Democrat District Attorney Alvin Bragg believes he has a case that could put the nail in Trump’s political coffin but he still has a long way to go.
And now Alvin Bragg is kicking himself after his latest move against Trump crashed and burned.
Alvin Bragg’s case against Trump is already deeply flawed
Former President Donald Trump’s trial has not even begun, yet Manhattan Democrat District Attorney Alvin Bragg has already made some crucial errors.
First off, Bragg blatantly violated Donald Trump’s Sixth Amendment rights by refusing to detail what the underlying crime he violated actually was.
The Sixth Amendment clearly states that the accused has a right “to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.”
However, Bragg is refusing to cooperate with this requirement.
He even went as far to tell reporters that the “indictment doesn’t specify it because the law does not so require” when asked what the underlying crimes were that elevated the charges from misdemeanors to felonies.
Last Wednesday, Fordham and Boston University Law Professor Jed Handelsman Shugerman spoke to The New York Times about these details, and why this case is an embarrassment to the American legal system.
Shugerman told The Times that the “34-count indictment — which more accurately could be described as 34 half-indictments — was a disaster. It was a setback for the rule of law and established a dangerous precedent for prosecutors.”
“The case appears so weak on its legal and jurisdictional basis that a state judge might dismiss the case and mitigate that damage,” he added. “More likely, the case is headed to federal court for a year, where it could lose on the grounds of federal pre-emption — only federal courts have jurisdiction over campaign finance and filing requirements.”
Other prominent lawyers, including Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, have made similar arguments, calling the witch hunt against Trump a sham trial.
What the future might look like for Trump
Although it seems like the case against the former President is doomed to fail, there are a few obstacles for Trump and his defense team.
As of now, the trial is set to take place in Manhattan, which is a notoriously left-wing section of New York City, even by its own standards.
Any Manhattan jury will likely contain left-wing radicals who would love nothing more than to prosecute Trump, even if the evidence doesn’t warrant such action.
And then there is the judge presiding over this case, Juan Merchan, who is widely known for his left-wing views.
The last thing Merchan wants to do is release Trump, and be known as the judge who let Trump go, which would be professional suicide in New York politics.
Most legal analysts are projecting this case to take at least a year or two to prosecute, especially if it moves up the judicial chain.
US Political Daily will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.