Trump Sentencing Delayed Following SCOTUS Ruling

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Following the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Trump on presidential immunity, Judge Merchan has agreed to delay his sentencing.

From NBC News. The judge overseeing Donald Trump’s New York criminal trial approved a delay of the former president’s sentencing Tuesday after his lawyers asked for more time to argue that the Supreme Court’s immunity decision calls for a new trial.

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The sentencing hearing, previously scheduled for July 11, will now take place Sept. 18 at the earliest, according to a letter posted on the court’s docket.

The delay guarantees that Trump won’t be sentenced until after he is formally nominated for president at the Republican National Convention, which begins July 15, and that sentencing will happen less than two months before the presidential election. …

In the letter to the judge Monday, Trump’s team argued that prosecutors wrongly used evidence of his “official acts” at trial, which is now immunized conduct and prohibited under the Supreme Court’s new decision. …

The crux of the issue for Merchan will come down to whether some of the evidence, like former Trump aide Hope Hicks’ testimony describing a conservation she had with Trump while he was president, is off-limits. …

Merchan approved the delay in sentencing in a letter Tuesday to Trump’s lawyers and prosecutors from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office … He said would issue a ruling related to the immunity decision on Sept. 6. …

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(Excerpt from NBC News. Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America – Donald Trump, CC BY-SA 2.0,

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