Skip to comments.Manhattan DA's Trump case rests on shaky legal, ethical ground, experts say
Posted on 03/20/2023 8:28:46 AM PDT by bitt
Ordinarily, such a charge would be considered a misdemeanor and come with a two-year statue of limitation.
Former President Donald Trump on Saturday shocked the world with an announcement that he expects to be arrested Tuesday in connection with an ongoing investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, a case legal scholars have suggested has a questionable legal basis.
The investigation involves Trump's 2016 alleged payment of $130,000 in hush money to Stormy Daniels via his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, whom he later reimbursed.
While Bragg has not announced specific charges, legal scholars such as George Washington University Professor Jonathan Turley are predicting an indictment for falsifying business records under New York Section 175. Such a charge would likely be based on Trump's labeling his reimbursement of Cohen as a legal expense.
Trump's attorney, Joe Tacopina has argued that Trump's payment to Cohen was in fact a legitimate legal fee. Trump, he noted, never directly paid Daniels any money. Rather, he only paid his own lawyer for services rendered, i.e. legal fees.
"The payments were made to a lawyer, not to Stormy Daniels," Tacopina said last week on MSNBC. "The payments were made to Donald Trump's lawyer, which would be considered legal fees. Michael Cohen ... was his lawyer at the time and advised him that this was the proper way to do this to protect himself and his family from embarrassment. It's as simple as that."
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Maybe Alvin Bragg is expecting an under the table payment ,LOL
Soros doesn’t care. He can buy himself another African DA for New Yawk. They’re a dime a dozen these days. Chubby Cheeks needs to stay away from these far left, Dung beetle political stunts.
Manhattan DA does not prosecute criminals. Not at all. Only Trump. That is it.
Well, look how much acclaim the J6 committee Aholes got! This NY token is just looking for the same so he can become guv’na.
facts don’t matter. The ends justifies the means.
It’s a chickensh!t charge, and everybody knows it.
Shaky like a major earthquake.
My income is SS and a pension. This year I had a national tax company do my taxes for me.
To be truthful, I have no idea if the deductions were legitimate or not. I have to assume they were. Trump’s taxes were probably 3 or 4 order’s of magnitude more complex than mine.
How the hell would Trump know any more about his return than I did? (he wouldn’t...)
Steel Barricades Placed Outside of Manhattan DA Office
Kathy hochul should muzzle this azzhole
But she won’t
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Doesnt matter if there’s ANY legal grounds. All they need is to be able to make some kind of indictment so they can say “Impeached and Indicted former president”.
There are no other considerations
Interesting battle. Two Affirmative Action Lawyers Bragg and Peekaboo James fight for guv’na.
This has nothing to do with statutes or legal precedent or principles of any kind. This is 100% about the exercise of raw power. Can they marshall enough power to put Trump in jail, or would their “opposition” resist? None of these legal analyses matter. This is about power and nothing else.
Too bad the DA doesn’t have a really serious crime to charge Trump. Something like a parking ticket or jaywalking. I’ll bet Trump has broken the pooper-scooper laws many times.
Enemy forces tend to stick together if they are on the same side.
This is a guy who won’t charge people on video shown throwing people on to subway tracks.
Have their been comparable prosecutions in this kind of situation?
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