Sentence in criminal trial postponed until September 18

Sentence in criminal trial postponed until September 18
Sentence in criminal trial postponed until September 18

Accused of making concealed payments to a porn star, former US President Donald Trump will finally learn the sentence of his criminal trial on September 18, initially scheduled in nine days.

An unwelcome postponement. The sentencing of Donald Trump’s criminal trial for concealed payments to a porn star, scheduled in nine days, has been postponed until September 18, a first concrete effect of the Supreme Court’s decision on Monday that extended the former president of the United States’ immunity.

“The sentencing date of July 11 is therefore vacated,” and “adjourned to September 18 if still necessary,” approximately six weeks before the date of the American presidential election on November 5, 2024, New York Magistrate Juan Merchan said in a decision issued Tuesday.

He faces up to four years in prison.

As a reminder, this decision considerably lightens the judicial schedule 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 is to be officially sworn in as presidential candidate.

Just hours after the Supreme Court’s decision, Donald Trump’s lawyers wrote to the judge on Monday asking for the historic verdict that found the former US president guilty of 34 counts of falsifying accounting records to hide the payment of $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels at the very end of the 2016 presidential campaign to be overturned.

The judge did not rule on the merits. Some of the events examined during the trial took place when Donald Trump was a presidential candidate and therefore could not be protected by possible immunity.

The money had notably been 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 occurred in 2017 when he was in the White House.

As the first former US president to be found guilty of criminal charges by a jury, Donald Trump theoretically faces a maximum of four years in prison. But Judge Juan Merchan can also choose to impose an alternative sentence to prison, such as a suspended sentence. 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.

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