Supreme Court rules on ex-president’s immunity, last chance for federal trial before US election

Supreme Court rules on ex-president’s immunity, last chance for federal trial before US election
Supreme Court rules on ex-president’s immunity, last chance for federal trial before US election

The entire procedure for this trial, initially scheduled for March 4, and postponed sine die, has therefore been suspended for four months. The slim chances that it will still begin before the November 5 election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden depend entirely on the scope and wording of the decision of the nine judges.

In particular, they could send the case back to lower courts to determine which acts are likely to escape prosecution, which would inevitably lead to further delays, while the organization of the trial, once the suspension is lifted, is expected to take more than two months .

During the arguments, while the justices were generally skeptical of the absolute immunity claimed by the Republican candidate, several, particularly among conservatives, insisted on the long-term repercussions of their decision. “We are writing a rule for posterity,” observed Neil Gorsuch, referring to the unprecedented nature of the issue. “This case has enormous implications for the future of the presidency and the country,” added his colleague Brett Kavanaugh.

Stopping federal prosecutions if elected

Targeted by four separate criminal proceedings, Donald Trump is doing everything possible to go to trial as late as possible, at least after the presidential election. He was convicted on May 30 by a New York court of “aggravated accounting falsification to conceal a conspiracy to pervert the 2016 election.” His sentence will be pronounced on July 11.

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