Alvin Bragg agrees to delayed sentencing after Supreme Court immunity ruling

 July 3, 2024

The prosecutor in Donald Trump's "hush money" case, Alvin Bragg, has agreed to postpone the sentencing in the wake of the Supreme Court's bombshell immunity ruling. 

The sentencing was initially scheduled for July 11, just days before the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee. Judge Juan Merchan delayed the sentencing Tuesday until September 18 to consider Trump's request to overturn his conviction.

Trump sentencing delayed

The delay is part of a cascade of victories for Trump following the Supreme Court's ruling. The most significant impact is that Trump likely cannot be prosecuted over January 6th before the 2024 election.

A 6-3 majority of the Supreme Court found that presidents are presumptively immune from prosecution for "official acts." The court also excluded "official acts" from being used as evidence to prosecute presidents for unofficial acts.

Trump's lawyers promptly moved to throw out the "hush money" verdict after Monday's Supreme Court ruling. In a letter to the judge, they said evidence was presented that never should have been brought.

That includes social media posts from Trump's presidency, a government form and testimony from former aide Hope Hicks. At trial, prosecutors had described Hicks' testimony as "the nail in Mr. Trump's coffin."

"The verdicts in this case violate the presidential immunity doctrine and create grave risks of 'an Executive Branch that cannibalizes itself,'" defense attorney Todd Blanche wrote, quoting from the Supreme Court's opinion.

Bragg not opposed

In a letter to the judge, Bragg's team dismissed Trump's push as meritless. But they said they are not against postponing the sentencing.

"Although we believe defendant'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," assistant district attorney Josh Steinglass wrote in a letter to Judge Juan Merchan.

The judge will rule on Trump's motion to throw out the verdict on September 6.

Immunity ruling's cascading effect

While Democrats have made much of Trump's new "convicted felon" status, Joe Biden has his own share of problems.

After a disastrous debate performance last week, the 81-year-old president is struggling to reassure his own party that he can defeat Trump in November.

The Supreme Court dealt Biden another blow this week with the immunity ruling.

Biden blasted the Supreme Court's decision and acknowledged that it is "highly unlikely" that Trump's January 6th trial will resolve before voters cast their ballots.

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