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Trump Found Guilty: Next Moves and 2024 Election Implications

In an unprecedented legal and political development, Donald Trump has become the first former U.S. president to be criminally convicted. Here's what could happen next.

A New York jury found former President Donald Trump guilty on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records to cover up a hush money payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 presidential election. With Trump found guilty, it plunges the nation into uncharted waters as he continues his campaign against President Joe Biden for the 2024 election.

Trump Found Guilty: Verdict and Immediate Consequences

The jury’s unanimous decision came after a high-profile trial in Manhattan Criminal Court, where evidence showed that Trump directed his lawyer, Michael Cohen, to pay Daniels $130,000 to keep her silent about a sexual encounter. This payment aimed to prevent damage to Trump’s presidential campaign. Trump watched dispassionately as the jury confirmed the guilty verdict.

Judge Juan Merchan, who presided over the trial, now faces the task of determining the former President’s sentence. He will consider various factors, including his age, lack of prior criminal record, and conduct during the trial. Legal experts predict Merchan will set the sentencing date within two to three months. However, Trump’s attorneys may seek to delay it until after the November 5 presidential election.

Despite the serious nature of the charges, some experts believe the former President is unlikely to face jail time. Michael Bachner, a New York City defense lawyer, stated, “I’d be shocked if Trump is sentenced to jail,” suggesting that probation is a more likely outcome for a first-time offender of his stature. Merchan has expressed reluctance to incarcerate the former president, citing logistical and broader implications.

Political Repercussions and Trump’s Response

The conviction comes just six months before Donald Trump is set to go head-to-head with Joe Biden in the 2024 presidential election. Politically, this development complicates the former president’s campaign, though it does not legally bar him from running for office. The U.S. Constitution requires only that presidents be natural-born citizens, at least 35 years old, and residents of the country for 14 years, without disqualifying felons.

Speaking outside the court, Trump condemned the conviction as a “disgrace” and reiterated his innocence. He described the trial as “rigged” and accused Judge Merchan of political bias.

Reflecting on the trial’s profound implications, Pace Law School Professor Bennett Gershman, remarked:

“This case goes to the heart of our democracy.”

House Speaker Mike Johnson echoed this sentiment, calling the day “shameful” in American history. Trump’s supporters argue that the trial and conviction are politically motivated attempts to undermine his candidacy.

Legal Battle and Future Proceedings

Legal experts expect Trump’s legal team to appeal the conviction, a process that could extend over many months or even years. Trump will likely appeal to the New York Appellate Division’s First Judicial Department, and potentially to the Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, if necessary. However, this legal battle will not prevent Trump from continuing his presidential campaign.

Judge Merchan’s sentence could range from fines and restitution to probation or house arrest. Trump’s age, his clean criminal record, and his political status will likely influence the judge’s decision. In addition, Trump’s violation of gag orders and public attacks on the judicial process could also weigh against him.

As the former President prepares for sentencing on July 11, the nation watches closely. Trump being found guilty not only marks a significant legal precedent but also adds a complex layer to the upcoming 2024 election. As a result, only time will tell if Donald Trump’s legal challenges will galvanize his base or hinder his campaign.

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Ryan Troup

Ryan Troup is the Editor in Chief of Wealthy VC and TCI. Ryan has 15+ years of investing experience. Twitter | Email

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