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Jury deliberations in Trump trial to continue Thursday

Photo: Jabin Botsford Getty Images/Agence France-Presse Donald Trump during his trial

Andréa Bambino – Agence France-Presse in New York

Published yesterday at 12:00 p.m. Updated yesterday at 10:08 p.m.

  • United States

The 12 jurors who hold the legal fate of Donald Trump in their hands will continue Thursday in Manhattan court their quest for a verdict in the first criminal trial in the history of a former president of the United States. United, who aspires to become one again.

These seven men and five women, citizens of New York immersed for six weeks in this affair with extraordinary stakes, in the middle of the presidential campaign, began to deliberate on Wednesday. They worked for about three hours behind closed doors, in a court room, with their notes and a laptop containing the evidence in the case.

After debates during which it has often been a question of sex, money and the conquest of power, the latter must answer a single question: was Donald Trump guilty of 34 falsifications of accounting documents, intended to hide a payment of 130,000 dollars to porn actress Stormy Daniels to avoid a sex scandal at the tail end of her 2016 presidential campaign ?

A positive response would rock the campaign 2024 US presidential election in an unknown scenario.

Donald Trump, Republican candidate, could appeal and still run on November 5 against Joe Biden, the outgoing Democratic president 81 years old, but with a heavy cap to wear, that of a person convicted in court.

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“Mother Teresa”

If convicted, the judge would hand down the sentence in several weeks, probably before November 5th. The sentence can go, in theory and at most, up to 4 years in prison, but the magistrate can also decide on a lighter sanction, such as a suspended prison sentence, or even simple community service.

Donald Trump, who was forbidden by the judge to leave the courthouse building for the duration of the deliberations, will also have to return to the Manhattan court on Thursday, where he has silently attended the proceedings since April 15.< /p>

The Republican candidate continues to present himself as the victim of a “witch hunt” orchestrated according to him by a justice system under the orders of the Democrats. He did not testify during his trial.

Even the Catholic saint “Mother Teresa could not brush aside these accusations”, he stormed on Wednesday, leaving from the courtroom, after Judge Juan Merchan had finished reading his instructions to the jurors.

After about three hours of deliberation, the latter transmitted their first requests: they asked that excerpts from certain testimonies be reread to them and wanted to rehear the judge's instructions, a sort of legal instructions for the case.

The jury's deliberations can take several days. They will need to be unanimous to declare Donald Trump guilty or not guilty.

This case is only one of four cases in which the Republican candidate is indicted. But the New York trial will likely be the only one to be heard before the November 5 presidential election.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116