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Trump's NY Trial Ends: What's Next in His Other Cases?

Trump in court

Just months ago, it seemed Donald Trump could be moving between courthouses before the presidential election, with several criminal cases set for trial. Now, after a guilty verdict in the New York hush money case, the Republican presidential nominee is a felon awaiting sentencing. However, none of the other three criminal cases have trial dates, raising questions about Trump’s legal future.

Supreme Court's Role in D.C. Election Interference Case

The Supreme Court will soon decide if Trump’s D.C. election interference trial will occur before the November election. Legal experts say U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon's pace in the federal classified documents trial in Florida has been slow, delaying the process. The Georgia election interference case is likely to move into 2025, pending an appeals court decision on Fulton County DA Fani T. Willis's involvement.

Impact of a Potential Presidential Win on Trials

If Trump wins the presidential election, it could complicate the federal trials. He might appoint an attorney general who could dismiss the indictments, and Justice Department policy typically avoids prosecuting a sitting president. It’s also unclear if a president can stand trial on state charges in Georgia.

Implications of Being a Felon in Future Trials

In any future trials, Trump would face different circumstances. As a felon, any new conviction carries a higher risk of severe punishment. Tess Lopez, a sentencing consultant, explains that his criminal history will influence federal sentencing guidelines, potentially increasing the severity of any sentence.

Delays and Legal Strategies in Florida Case

In Florida, where Trump is charged with mishandling classified documents, Judge Cannon has indefinitely delayed the trial, with pretrial motions piling up. Legal experts believe a trial before November is unlikely. Trump’s legal team employs delay tactics effectively, pushing hearings and attempting to reduce indictment charges.

Likelihood of D.C. Federal Election Interference Case Moving Forward

The D.C. federal election interference case, involving charges of conspiring to defraud the U.S., may go to trial before the election, depending on the Supreme Court’s decision on Trump’s presidential immunity claim. A decision is expected by early July, potentially speeding up the trial if some charges are upheld.

Georgia State Racketeering Case Stalled

In Georgia, where Trump faces state racketeering charges related to the 2020 election, the case is stalled. The trial judge, Scott T. McAfee, awaits an appellate court ruling on DA Willis’s involvement, possibly delaying the trial until 2025. The Supreme Court's decision on immunity could also affect this case, prompting further legal maneuvers.

Potential Impact of New York Conviction on Future Testimonies

Trump’s conviction in New York could influence his decision to testify in future trials. Prosecutors might introduce his previous conviction as evidence to discredit his testimony. Sentencing guidelines will consider his criminal history, potentially increasing the sentencing range. Judges assess personal characteristics and criminal background to determine the final sentence, with discretion to deviate from guidelines.


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