how are the American media handling this news?

how are the American media handling this news?
how are the American media handling this news?

AFP

New York jury to decide historic verdict for ex-President Donald Trump

The 12 jurors in Donald Trump’s criminal trial in New York are preparing Wednesday to deliberate and decide on a historic verdict, which could tip the American presidential campaign into a completely unknown scenario. Manhattan court judge Juan Merchan, who presides since mid-April this unprecedented trial against a former president of the United States has warned jurors against any temptation to judge the facts based on their “personal opinion.” “You have an obligation to put aside (your) personal opinions whether favorable or against the accused”, warned the magistrate while giving his instructions to the jury of 12 American citizens who must decide the judicial fate of their former Republican president (2017-2021) and who aspires to become one again .Even before the judge’s statements, Donald Trump raged as usual on his social network Truth Social against a “junk court!” and a “corrupt and conflicted” magistrate. – Marathon -Tuesday was a marathon day on the 15th floor of the Manhattan Courthouse. The jury listened to more than three hours of defense arguments calling for acquittal “quickly, well done ” of his extraordinary accused, then five hours of indictment from the prosecution demanding his conviction for having “subverted democracy” After six weeks of debates, dominated by stories of sex, money and politics, the jurors listen on Wednesday morning instructions from Judge Merchan, before retiring behind closed doors to deliberate. They will have to answer a question: was Donald Trump, who wants to return to the White House, 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 very end of her 2016 presidential campaign? – Unanimous – In the event of a positive response, the 2024 presidential campaign would fall into a scenario unprecedented, with one of the two major candidates finding himself under the considerable weight of a criminal conviction. Donald Trump, 77, could appeal and still present himself on November 5 against Joe Biden, 81. The deliberation jurors can take several days. They will have to be unanimous to declare Donald Trump guilty or not guilty. If, after a certain time, they reach a conclusion of disagreement, the trial will be canceled and completely redone, a respite which could prove sufficient for Donald Trump, because it will probably be difficult to organize new debates before the presidential election. The defense therefore only needs to convince one juror not to convict the Republican Party candidate. – “Conspiracy” -During a five-hour indictment on Tuesday, prosecutor Joshua Steinglass attempted a last time to convince the jurors that behind the accounting falsifications, “the heart of this affair is a conspiracy and a cover-up” to win the November 2016 presidential election against Hillary Clinton. The money was used to buy Stormy’s silence Daniels on a sexual relationship she claims to have had in 2006 with the billionaire, when he was already married to his wife Melania, an episode denied by Donald Trump. The sum had been paid to the actress by Michael Cohen, the former confidant of the businessman and Republican leader. Once Donald Trump was in the White House, in 2017, Michael Cohen was reimbursed, using, according to the prosecution, false invoices and entries disguised as “legal fees” in the accounts of the Trump Organization , hence the prosecution for accounting falsifications. But for the defense, this thesis does not hold up. Donald Trump, now “leader of the free world” and busy with much more important problems, did not know the details of the paperwork when he paid his lawyer. If he was found guilty, the judge would pronounce the sentence in several weeks. It could go up to four years in prison, but the magistrate can decide on an alternative sentence, such as a suspended sentence with probation.arb-gw-nr/cha

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