Trump’s Hush Money Sentencing Delayed After Supreme Court Immunity Ruling

Trump's Hush Money Sentencing Delayed After Supreme Court Immunity Ruling
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Don­ald Trump’s sen­tenc­ing in a $130,000 hush mon­ey case will be delayed after the Supreme Court released a deci­sion on pres­i­den­tial immunity. 

The Man­hat­tan Dis­trict Attor­ney’s office said it will not oppose the delay as Trump’s lawyers move to over­turn his conviction.

The for­mer pres­i­dent was found guilty on 34 felony counts of fal­si­fy­ing busi­ness records relat­ed to the pay­ment made to adult film star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election. 

Trump was set to be sen­tenced on July 11, but his attor­neys have request­ed a delay fol­low­ing the Supreme Court’s ruling.

The con­ser­v­a­tive jus­tices on the Supreme Court decid­ed that a pres­i­dent does have immu­ni­ty from pros­e­cu­tion for offi­cial acts in office, but not for unof­fi­cial acts.

This deci­sion dealt a major set­back to the fed­er­al crim­i­nal case against Trump, who is accused of try­ing to over­turn the 2020 elec­tion and incit­ing the Jan­u­ary 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Despite the DA’s office believ­ing Trump’s argu­ments to be “with­out mer­it,” they said they will not oppose his request to delay sen­tenc­ing. The pros­e­cu­tors have until July 24 to respond to Trump’s motion to set aside his conviction.

The hush mon­ey case cen­tered around Trump’s per­son­al activ­i­ties dur­ing the 2016 cam­paign, but some of the evi­dence used to con­vict him came from his time in office. Trump’s lawyers argue this con­vic­tion should be over­turned due to the Supreme Court’s recent immu­ni­ty decision.

The delay in sen­tenc­ing gives Trump’s legal team more time to chal­lenge the ver­dict, which could have sig­nif­i­cant impli­ca­tions for the for­mer pres­i­den­t’s ongo­ing legal battles.

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