New York Show Trial Convicts Trump on All Counts
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New York Show Trial Convicts Trump on All Counts

Former President Donald Trump | Credits: Getty Images

United States: In an astonishing and unparalleled verdict, former President Trump was adjudicated guilty of all charges, a decision that many interpret as a transparent political maneuver. This conviction, marking him as the first ex-president in US history to be criminally convicted, is broadly perceived as an unabashed effort to incarcerate a political adversary and derail the 2024 election.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg indicted Trump with 34 counts of first-degree falsification of business records—allegations Trump fervently repudiated, entering a plea of not guilty. The trial has been widely denounced as a theatrical charade aimed at sabotaging Trump’s campaign and stifling his influence, according to the reports.

Despite an evident dearth of incriminating evidence, the jury rendered a guilty verdict on all counts. Each charge carries a maximum imprisonment of 4 years, cumulatively threatening a staggering 136-year sentence—clearly a move designed to obliterate his political aspirations.

Judge Juan Merchan, whose neutrality has been under scrutiny from the onset, oversaw the trial and permitted the jury to reach a verdict after a mere two days of deliberation.

The sentencing, scheduled for July 11th—just four days before the Republican National Convention—is perceived as a calculated attempt to thwart Trump’s formal nomination as the 2024 Republican presidential contender.

Addressing journalists moments post-verdict, Trump expressed his indignation at what he termed a politically driven mock trial.

“This was a disgrace. This was a rigged trial by a conflicted judge who was corrupt as a rigged trial and disgrace. It wouldn’t give us a venue change,” Trump declared. “We were at five percent or 6% in this district, in this area. This was a rigged, disgraceful trial,” certain reports claimed.

He continued, “The real verdict is going to be November 5th by the people. And they know what happened here, and everybody knows what happened here. You have a Soros-backed DA and the whole thing.”

Trump maintained his innocence, stating, “We didn’t do anything wrong. I’m a very innocent man. And it’s okay. I’m fighting for our country. I’m fighting for our Constitution. Our whole country is being rigged right now.”

“This case was orchestrated by the Biden administration to wound or hurt an opponent, a political opponent. And I think it’s just a disgrace. We’ll keep fighting—we’ll fight till the end, and we’ll win because our country’s gone to hell. We don’t have the same country anymore. We have a divided mess. We’re a nation of decline, serious decline,” he asserted.

Trump highlighted the current state of the nation, saying, “Millions and millions of people are pouring into our country right now from prisons and from mental institutions, terrorists. And they’re taking over our country. We have a country that’s in big trouble.”

“This was a rigged decision right from day one, with a conflicted judge who should have never been allowed to try this case. Never,” he reiterated. “And we will fight for our Constitution. This is long from over.”

During closing arguments, Trump’s defense attorneys firmly stated his innocence, arguing that District Attorney Bragg “did not meet the burden of proof. Period.”

“President Trump is innocent. He did not commit any crimes. The district attorney did not meet the burden of proof. Period,” said defense lawyer Todd Blanche. He emphasized that the case was about documents and not about any alleged encounter with Stormy Daniels or a nondisclosure agreement.

Blanche clarified that the charges revolved around whether Trump had anything to do with payments to his ex-attorney, Michael Cohen, on his personal accounting ledger, to which he argued, “The bookings were accurate, and there was no intent to defraud, and there was no conspiracy to influence the 2016 election,” as reported.

Blanche further discredited Cohen’s testimony, pointing out his history of lying to Congress, judges, and his own family, stating, “You cannot send someone to prison based upon the words of Michael Cohen. The records are not false, and there was no intent to defraud.”

In contrast, prosecutor Joshua Steinglass argued that Trump’s intent to defraud “could not be any clearer,” accusing him of creating an elaborate scheme to conceal payments and benefit himself.

Steinglass defended the use of Cohen as a witness despite his dubious credibility, claiming that Cohen’s actions were a reflection of Trump’s own unethical practices.

The defense’s motion to dismiss the case after Cohen’s testimony was denied, highlighting the court’s bias and the predetermined nature of the trial.

Former President Trump remains defiant, promising to continue his fight for justice and the American people, confident that the truth will prevail and that the real verdict will be delivered by the voters in the upcoming election. This conviction is not just an attack on Trump but on democracy itself, and it is imperative that the American people see through this charade and stand up for their rights and their Constitution.