Facebook post raises possibility of a mistrial in Trump's New York criminal case

 June 8, 2024

Former President Donald Trump was found guilty in a Manhattan courtroom late last month on charges that he falsified business records.

However, the judge who oversaw Trump's trial has just confirmed new information that has many critics calling for a mistrial. 

Jurors may have discussed trial with family members

According to Breitbart, Judge Juan Merchan sent a letter on Friday to Trump defense team head Todd Blanche and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Joshua Steinglass.

"Today, the Court became aware of a comment that was posted on the Unified Court System’s public Facebook page and which I now bring to your attention," Merchan wrote.

"The comment, now labeled as one week old, responded to a routine UCS notice, posted on May 29, 2024, regarding oral arguments in the Fourth Department of the Appellate Division unrelated to this proceeding," he explained.

The comment in question was left by a Facebook user named Michael Anderson who declared, "My cousin is a juror and says Trump is getting convicted. Thank you folks for all your hard work!!!!"

Social media post could provide Trump with chance for a new trial

If the Facebook user's post is accurate, then it implies that jurors had already reached a verdict before Trump's trial had formally concluded and had begun discussing it with family members.

NBC News noted that New York law permits a defendant who has been convicted but not yet sentenced can seek a new trial if he or she can prove jury misconduct "may have affected a substantial right of the defendant."

When asked for comment, a spokesperson for the former president's campaign told NBC News that Trump's lawyers are "investigating" the matter.

Merchan's revelation is sure to intensify criticism of Trump's trial, which has already been slammed by many observers.

Law professor: "Worst legal verdict I've seen"

Among them is Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz, who recently told British journalist Piers Morgan that it was the worst he has ever come across.

"From one to 10, it was a below 20," Fox News quoted Dershowitz as saying when the host asked him to rank the verdict's soundness.

"It's the worst legal verdict I've seen in 60 years of practicing, writing, litigating [inaudible] cases," the legal scholar insisted.

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