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As of: April 15, 2024 6:57 a.m

A historic course of begins at present within the USA. For the primary time there’s a prison case in opposition to an ex-president – in opposition to Donald Trump. But how good are the prosecutor's possibilities?

Chralotte Voss

Donald Trump's authorized workforce tried till the very finish to avert, transfer or delay the prison trial. But final week alone it suffered a number of defeats.

Trump is claimed to have solid firm paperwork in 34 circumstances. In order to hide eleven funds to his former cleaner Michael Cohen alone. He had given the porn star Stormy Daniels hush cash – $130,000 to be actual. This was meant to maintain an alleged and long-standing affair between Trump and Daniels secret.

The entire factor occurred in 2016, shortly earlier than the election – at a time when Trump was underneath huge stress for derogatory feedback about ladies. The New York prosecutor's workplace believes it has recognized a system to affect elections.

Former prosecutor Annemarie McAvoy says she thinks that is contrived. In dialog with the ARD-Studio New York She says it will likely be troublesome for the prosecution to show the system. The FBI had already examined whether or not this could possibly be a case and determined in opposition to it as a result of no marketing campaign finance violation was discovered. The earlier public prosecutor additionally examined the case – and he additionally determined in opposition to it.

But prosecutor Alvin Bragg now desires to attempt it with a New York jury.

From at present onwards the jury will probably be compiled

This jury will probably be put collectively beginning at present: twelve jurors and 6 alternates. The candidates must reply 42 questions within the courtroom – for instance about their hobbies, their radio and tv habits, whether or not they had political or skilled contact with the defendant or whether or not they attended certainly one of Trump's marketing campaign appearances.

It's about getting a really feel for folks, says lawyer McAvoy. But it could possibly be troublesome to search out unbiased jurors in a metropolis the place in all probability 90 % of individuals voted in opposition to Trump and would in all probability achieve this once more. As lengthy as somebody says they’re prepared to determine pretty primarily based on the proof alone, they’ll function a juror.

Often, says McAvoy, folks can't do that however wish to be on the Trump jury as a result of then they might have one thing to say and would get consideration. Others wished to hurt Trump and subsequently wished to be on the jury. It's not a completely safe system, that's for positive.

Can push jurors to their limits

It can take days or even weeks till the jury is chosen. McAvoy expects the next questioning of witnesses from all events to take six to eight weeks.

All of this will push the jury to its limits. They aren’t allowed to speak concerning the trial exterior the courtroom. And they need to keep away from present reporting.

There have been trials the place jurors have been switched or all needed to be remoted collectively, McAvoy says. Something comparable is not less than conceivable for the present case, which is inflicting a stir worldwide. Trump is polarizing – and it’s conceivable that makes an attempt will probably be made to get to the jury and go to them.

The courtroom is making an attempt to maintain jurors away from their properties and households at some stage in the trial. But that's troublesome, particularly in a six-week course of. She hasn't heard something like that but, says McAvoy. But one chance can be to accommodate the jury in a resort and thus management their entry to media and information channels.

Trump have to be current

Trump has admitted the funds as such, however denies having manipulated paperwork. He considers the prison trial in New York – at which he should all the time be current, 4 days per week – in addition to all different proceedings in opposition to him to be insubstantial and politically motivated.

In the tip, the previous president might find yourself in jail – one thing that has been mentioned within the American media for weeks.

The jury should attain a unanimous verdict. If they don’t agree, the method will probably be terminated and a call must be made a few re-creation.

Charlotte Voß, ARD New York, tagesschau, April 15, 2024 6:28 a.m