Title: Trump’s Hush Money Case to be Tried in State Court, Rules U.S. District Judge
In a significant development, U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein has ruled that the case against former President Donald Trump, pertaining to hush money payments made to his former lawyer Michael Cohen, should be tried in state court rather than federal court. This ruling comes as a blow to Trump, who had sought to have the case dismissed or moved to federal court.
Judge Hellerstein examined the evidence extensively and concluded that the matter primarily involved the personal conduct of the President, rather than his official acts as the leader of the country. As a result, he found the indictment had a rational basis and dismissed Trump’s concerns about a politically motivated trial.
The criminal case against Trump, which centers around alleged payments made to silence two women who claimed to have had affairs with him, will now continue in state court in Manhattan. The trial has been scheduled for March 25, 2024. This decision paves the way for further legal proceedings that could have significant implications for the former President.
Todd Blanche, Trump’s lawyer, refrained from providing any comment on the ruling. It remains to be seen how Trump’s legal team will strategize moving forward in an effort to defend their client against these charges.
Meanwhile, Alvin Bragg’s office, the district attorney overseeing the case, expressed satisfaction with Judge Hellerstein’s decision. Bragg’s team is now looking forward to presenting their case in the New York State Supreme Court, where they believe justice will be served.
The trial’s outcome could have far-reaching consequences for Trump, potentially impacting his political future and reputation. Regardless of the final verdict, the case promises to captivate public attention and generate significant media coverage.
As developments unfold, McCreary County Record will closely follow the proceedings, providing our readers with in-depth coverage of this high-profile legal battle and its implications for both Trump and the American political landscape. Stay tuned for further updates on this intriguing case.
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