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World News July 3, 2024

Trump’s hush money sentencing postponed after Supreme Court immunity ruling

The sentencing date for former U.S. President Donald Trump in the hush money case has been postponed from July 11 to September 18, following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on presidential immunity. Trump’s attorneys, Todd Blanche and Emil Bove, requested to file a motion to overturn the May 30 jury verdict, citing the Supreme Court’s decision. They argue that the verdict violates the presidential immunity doctrine and poses risks to the Executive Branch.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office does not oppose the request to file or the adjournment of sentencing but believes Trump’s arguments lack merit. Prosecutors requested a filing deadline of July 24, two weeks after Trump’s requested deadline of July 10.

Judge Juan M. Merchan of the New York County Supreme Court stated he would rule on Trump’s motion on September 6, with sentencing set for September 18 if still required. The Supreme Court recently ruled that Trump has some immunity from criminal charges related to attempts to reverse the 2020 election results. Trump celebrated the ruling as a victory for the constitution and democracy.

In May, a New York jury found Trump guilty of 34 felony counts of falsifying business records to hide a hush money payment to a porn star in 2016.

Source – CGTN

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