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Former President Donald Trump was discovered responsible on all 34 costs in his hush cash trial on Thursday after a jury of 12 New Yorkers unanimously agreed he had falsified enterprise data to cowl up allegations of a sexual encounter with porn star Stormy Daniels.

The verdict makes Trump the primary president in U.S. historical past to be declared a felon, which is historic by itself however can also be unprecedented as he’s at present operating for reelection because the presumptive Republican nominee.

Judge Juan Merchan of the New York state Supreme Court set a sentencing listening to for July 11, simply 4 days earlier than the Republican National Convention begins.

So what’s subsequent for Trump and the GOP?

Will Trump go to jail earlier than the conference?

Trump’s sentencing is ready for July 11, simply 4 days earlier than Republicans are set to convene in Milwaukee to pick out the get together’s nominee for president. All 34 costs are Class E felonies, the bottom class in New York, and are every punishable by a tremendous of as much as $5,000 and as much as 4 years in jail.

Judge Juan Merchan will determine what punishment to impose and can take Trump’s historical past into consideration. That may work in his favor as he has not been convicted of a criminal offense earlier than. Options moreover jail embrace probation or a tremendous. And these punishments may very well be delayed till the previous president has exhausted all of his appeals, a prolonged course of that might find yourself on the Supreme Court.

"I did my job. Our job is to follow the facts and the law without fear or favor," Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg told reporters Thursday.
“I did my job. Our job is to follow the facts and the law without fear or favor,” Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg advised reporters Thursday.

Seth Wenig/Associated Press

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg didn’t reply to a reporter’s query on Thursday about if his workplace plans to hunt jail time.

“The judge has scheduled a sentencing for July 11,” Bragg mentioned. “We will speak in court in that time. He also set a motion schedule. We will speak in our court filings as we’ve done throughout this proceeding.”

Trump is definite to attraction his conviction.

Can he nonetheless run for president?

Yes. There are just a few necessities to be eligible for president ― to be a minimum of 35 and a natural-born citizen and to have lived within the United States a minimum of 14 years.

A legal document doesn’t preclude candidacy on a federal stage.

Can Trump even vote in November?

He will almost certainly be capable to solid a poll, nevertheless it may rely upon his sentence. Trump is a resident of Florida, which restricts the voting rights of anybody convicted of a felony till they full their full sentence, together with parole or probation, and repay any fines or charges. But the state defers to the jurisdiction the place an individual was convicted to find out their eligibility, in line with Election Law Blog.

“A felony conviction in another state makes a person ineligible to vote in Florida only if the conviction would make the person ineligible to vote in the state where the person was convicted,” Florida’s Department of State writes on its web site.

New York solely disenfranchises those that are convicted of felonies and are incarcerated on the time. Once they’re launched, even on parole, they can vote.

Trump wouldn’t be allowed to personal a gun or serve on a jury.

If he does face jail time, the place would Trump serve it?

It’s one other sophisticated query and one which has by no means been handled earlier than.

If Trump is pressured to serve time behind bars, a Secret Service element must go together with him. The company has already been game-planning for what that will appear to be, however preserving the previous president secure in New York’s infamous penal system presents a fierce problem: The New York Times notes he would have to be stored from different inmates and have his meals and private objects screened for security.

He may very well be held in a facility that has been closed or is partially empty so he and his protecting element may very well be housed safely. For regular defendants, a sentence of lower than a yr is commonly served on Rikers Island, whereas these longer can be served at one of many 44 prisons run by the state’s Department of Corrections.

A spokesperson for the New York City jail company advised the Times lately that it will discover “appropriate housing” if the necessity arose.

Even if elected, he couldn’t pardon himself out of it.

If Trump wins the White House in November, he’s virtually sure to attempt to direct the Justice Department to dismiss the 2 federal indictments in opposition to him: the case associated to his dealing with of categorised paperwork he took from the White House and one other over his position within the Jan. 6, 2021, rebellion.

But state crimes can’t be dismissed with a presidential pardon. Only the governor of New York is in a position to take action.

A flag featuring a portrait of Donald Trump is carried Thursday amid a group of Trump supporters near Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.
A flag that includes a portrait of Donald Trump is carried Thursday amid a gaggle of Trump supporters close to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.

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What concerning the gag order?

Merchan will doubtless take away it quickly, giving Trump almost free rein to talk about the case in public and on social media. The choose had barred the previous president from attacking Merchan’s members of the family, court docket workers or potential witnesses within the case, however now Trump is nearly sure to renew his barrage of fury.

Even whereas beneath a gag order, Trump violated it 10 instances and confronted penalties.

Reuters famous {that a} March 7 protecting order — which prevents Trump or his attorneys from disclosing the names, addresses or different figuring out data of jurors — may very well be left in impact.

Will Republicans care concerning the verdict?

For lawmakers, thus far, no.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) referred to as the conviction a “shameful day in American history,” saying the costs have been “ridiculous” and a purely political assault.

“The weaponization of our justice system has been a hallmark of the Biden Administration, and the decision today is further evidence that Democrats will stop at nothing to silence dissent and crush their political opponents,” he wrote on social media.

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.), the second-highest Republican within the chamber, additionally lambasted the information, saying U.S. courts have been now working like a “banana republic.”

Others within the GOP have vowed to leverage the conviction to unite the get together’s base going into the nationwide conference after which the overall election. Donors had already poured hundreds of thousands of {dollars} into the Trump marketing campaign within the hours after the decision got here by means of.

What does this imply for the presidential election?

Trump’s historic vice grip on the get together means the conviction may additional provoke his sturdy base of supporters. But current polling additionally means that some doubtless voters may rethink their votes within the face of a responsible verdict. And a majority of Americans will not be as supportive of Trump’s claims that he has been the topic of unfair persecution.

Pollster Nate Silver notes will probably be significantly attention-grabbing to see how voters who’re comparatively inattentive to the every day ebb and movement of the information will shift within the coming months and if voting for a convicted felon may increase some private issues.

Regardless, the decision will change into a relentless flashpoint because the race between Trump and President Joe Biden continues.

What different questions do you may have about Trump’s conviction and upcoming sentencing? Let us know within the feedback.