Former prosecutor slams Alvin Bragg's 'vindictive' actions in Trump case

 April 14, 2024

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg was celebrated by many on the left after he indicted former President Donald Trump over an alleged hush-money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

However, one former federal prosecutor says that far from being praiseworthy, Braggs conduct in the case has been nothing short of "vindictive." 

Legal experts see Trump's indictment as "shaky"

According to the Daily Caller, Alex Little made that claim while speaking last week with  "Fox News Live" co-host Griff Jenkins.

"The fact that the prosecutor is taking misdemeanors, turning them into felonies unfortunately happens in courtrooms across the country," Little was quoted as telling Jenkins.

"The former president is not the only one to face that sort of vindictive action by prosecutors to keep the statute of limitations alive," he pointed out.

Little is not alone in expressing skepticism, as The New York Times acknowledged in a piece published this past  Tuesday that a number of legal experts regard the case Trump's as being "shaky."

The paper observed that Trump has been charged with falsifying business records, with Bragg maintaining that payments made by the Trump Organization to Daniels were mislabeled as "legal expenses."

Trump case has unusual features

It further pointed out how falsifying business records is a misdemeanor under state law unless such falsification was done in furtherance of another crime.

Yet "the Trump case stands apart" as "Bragg failed to specify the underlying crime that Trump intended to commit" when he initially brought the indictment.

Although Bragg initially insisted "he wasn't required to specify" what underlying crime Trump had falsified records in furtherance of, he later suggested at a press conference that it might be "a violation of state or federal election law."

"The Times could identify only two other felony cases in Manhattan over the past decade in which defendants were indicted on charges of falsifying business records but no other crime," the paper stressed.

Little believes that jury selection won't be quick

During his interview, Little went on to predict that the process of assembling a jury to decide Trump's case will likely turn into a drawn-out affair given how much controversy is involved.

"The judge, I think, will be pretty deliberate about making sure that folks who have made up their mind previously are not on that jury, and that’s what [Trump’s] lawyers are certainly going to push for," Little remarked.

"This is an issue that confronts every criminal defendant," he continued before adding, "This is a special criminal defendant, one of the most well-known people in the world."

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