Legal experts disagree over Trump's chances for an appeal

 June 3, 2024

Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to be sentenced on July 11 following his conviction for falsifying business records.

However, the former president has made clear that he will fight to overturn any punishment that Judge Juan Merchan imposes. 

Liberal lawyer says Merchan was "flawless" in his handling of Trump's case

According to The New York Times, some legal experts have "cast doubt" on the idea that Trump will successfully challenge his verdict.

One of them is Mark Zauderer, a longtime New York attorney who told the paper that the former president's case "has none of the usual red flags for reversal on appeal."

Zauderer credited this to the judge and went on to characterize Merchan's handling of Trump's trial as being "flawless."

Neal Katyal served as acting solicitor general under President Barack Obama, and he too expressed skepticism about the former president's chances when speaking with MSNBC.

"I think it’s tough here, particularly because … the jury unanimously found Trump guilty of not just one count, but 34 separate criminal convictions that are felonies," Katyal declared.

Mark Levin advises Trump to file emergency appeal with Supreme Court

However, Breitbart reported that conservative radio host and former Regan administration attorney Mark Levin offered a very different take last week.

In a social media post, Levin "strongly" urged the former president "to seek an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court."

As precedent, Levin pointed to Bush v. Gore, the 2000 election case in which the Supreme Court prevented a state court from "changing the Florida voting system on the fly, thereby violating the EQUAL PROTECTION rights of the Florida voters."

Judge's daughter used trial to raise money for Democrats

Levin maintained that Trump's trial involved "not only a federal constitutional equal protection violation" but also "violated the federal constitutionally protected due process rights of the future Republican nominee for president."

He cited Bragg's claim that Trump violated federal election law despite the Federal Election Commission (FEC) having previously ruled otherwise.

What's more, the radio host highlighted the fact that Merchan's daughter works as a political consultant for Democratic politicians and has used the former president's trial to raise money.

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