Manhattan prosecutors don’t oppose delay in Trump’s sentencing after Supreme Court immunity ruling

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Alvin Bragg, the district attorney for Manhattan, stated that his prosecution is not against postponing the sentence of Donald Trump for his criminal conviction in light of the Supreme Court’s decision to grant past presidents extensive protection for official activities.

Attorneys for the D.A.’s office wrote a letter to the judge in the case on Tuesday, stating, “Although we believe [Trump’s] arguments to be without merit, we do not oppose his request for leave to file and his putative request to adjourn sentencing pending determination of his motion.”

Trump’s attorneys requested on Monday to file a motion, claiming that the Supreme Court’s ruling should reverse Trump’s conviction and that the district attorney ought not to have been permitted to present evidence regarding official actions Trump performed while in office.

Sentence for Trump, who was found guilty on 34 charges of falsifying business records in May, is set for July 11.

In a letter dated Monday, Trump referenced a pretrial petition filed on March 7th, in which his attorneys contended that specific testimony and evidence—especially those related to his public remarks and social media posts during his tenure as president—corresponded to official conduct.

Evidence about official activities cannot be included, the Supreme Court decided, “even on charges that purport to be based only on his unofficial conduct.” The “official-acts evidence should never have been put before the jury,” according to a statement made by Trump’s lawyers on Monday.

They quoted the Supreme Court’s decision in their letter and stated, “The verdicts in this case violate the presidential immunity doctrine and create grave risks of ‘an Executive Branch that cannibalizes itself’.”

Although Bragg’s prosecutors stated in their reply that they thought Trump’s “arguments to be without merit,” they did not object to him filing the request. Although Trump did not ask for a postponement of the sentence hearing, the prosecutors said that “his request to file moving papers on July 10 is necessarily a request to adjourn the sentencing hearing currently scheduled for July 11.” They requested that the defense’s motion be answered by July 24.

On May 30, a jury that found Trump guilty of fabricating documents to conceal payments made to an adult film star in exchange for “hush money” returned with a unanimous verdict. While in the White House in 2017, Trump authorized subordinates who had fabricated records as part of that plan.

In this situation, the question of whether Trump participated in official acts has already been raised. According to Trump’s attorneys in 2023, the accusations pertained to official conduct that fell under the purview of his presidential duties.

“Husband money paid to an adult film star is not related to a president’s official acts,” a federal judge rejected that argument in a written ruling. That in no way conveys the hue of the president’s formal duties.”

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