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Trump trial judge delays sentencing until September 18

Photo: Anna Moneymaker Getty Images via Agence France-Presse Republican presidential candidate former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Greenbrier Farms on June 28, 2024.

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Posted at 12:26 p.m. Updated at 3:11 p.m.

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The sentence in Donald Trump's criminal trial for hidden payments to a pornographic actress, scheduled in nine days, was postponed until September 18, a first concrete effect of the Supreme Court's decision that extended Monday immunity of the former President of the United States.

“The sentence date of July 11 is therefore vacated”, and “adjourned to September 18 if so still necessary”, or approximately six weeks before the date of the American presidential election, November 5, 2024, wrote New York magistrate Juan Merchan in a decision rendered Tuesday.

This decision considerably eases the immediate judicial calendar of the candidate for the White House, because the sentence was initially to be pronounced four days before the Republican convention in Milwaukee (July 15-18), where Donald Trump must be officially inaugurated as candidate in the presidential election.

Judge Merchan, who presided over Donald Trump's trial in April and May, made his decision a few hours after the Manhattan prosecutor's office said open to a report.

Just hours after the Supreme Court's decision, Donald Trump's lawyers wrote to the judge on Monday to ask for the reversal of the historic verdict that found the former president of the United States guilty of 34 crimes of accounting falsification to hide the $130,000 payment to pornographic actress Stormy Daniels at the very end of the 2016 presidential campaign.

The judge did not rule on the bottom.

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Some of the facts examined during the trial took place when Donald Trump was a presidential candidate and could therefore not be protected by possible immunity.

The money was notably paid to the actress by Donald Trump's former confidant and lawyer, Michael Cohen, at the very end of the 2016 campaign. But Donald Trump is being prosecuted for falsifications in the accounts of his companies during the reimbursement of Michael Cohen, which took place in 2017 when he was at the White House.

“During the trial and its requisitions, the prosecution put the highly prejudicial focus on evidence arising from official actions, such as testimony about events in the Oval Office […] social media posts (on Donald Trump's accounts as president) and statements of telephone calls involving Donald Trump while he was in office in 2017″, argue the Republican billionaire's lawyers in a preparatory document for their appeal, made public on Tuesday.

The first former president of the United States to be found criminally guilty by a jury, Donald Trump theoretically faces up to 4 years in prison. But Judge Juan Merchan can also choose to pronounce an alternative sentence to prison, such as a probationary suspension. In any case, the Republican candidate will be able to appeal, which would likely result in a suspension of the sentence before the presidential election on November 5.

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