Manhattan Trial of Former President Donald Trump: Overview, Charges, Witnesses, and Verdict


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Overview of the Trial

The Manhattan trial of former President Donald J. Trump marks the first criminal prosecution of a former U.S. president. The trial centers around charges related to a $130,000 hush-money payment to a porn star, Stormy Daniels, allegedly authorized by Mr. Trump.

Opening Statements and Charges

The trial commenced with the selection of jurors who are tasked with considering the 34 felony counts of falsifying business records against Mr. Trump. The prosecution, led by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, alleges that the payment to Ms. Daniels was part of a larger scheme to suppress negative stories about Mr. Trump ahead of the 2016 election.

Witnesses and Testimonies

Key witnesses, including David Pecker, Michael D. Cohen, and Hope Hicks, are expected to testify during the trial. The prosecution will present their testimony to support the evidence and allegations against Mr. Trump. While Mr. Trump cannot be compelled to testify, he has expressed interest in taking the stand.

Deliberation and Verdict

Following the presentation of evidence and testimonies, the jurors will deliberate on each charge. Their decision must be unanimous, and if they cannot reach a verdict, a mistrial may be declared. If convicted on any count, Mr. Trump could face probation or up to four years in prison.

If convicted, Justice Merchan will sentence Mr. Trump at a later date based on the jury’s verdict.

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