Packed Supreme Court calendar spells more trouble for Trump prosecution

 April 30, 2024

The Supreme Court is reaching the end of a historic term, with one case in particular overshadowing the rest.

How quickly the court resolves Donald Trump's presidential immunity claim could determine when and whether Trump faces trial in his January 6th case. Fortunately for Trump, the court is very busy.

While the immunity case has attracted the most attention and scrutiny, the justices are grappling with other contentious questions on issues like abortion and guns, MSNBC noted.

Supreme Court's packed calendar

The court's remaining business also includes a dispute over one of the most common charges brought against January 6th defendants. The same charge, obstruction of an official proceeding, forms half of the indictment against Trump.

The court typically issues its last opinions in June, and the justices have given no signals they plan to expedite their opinion on immunity.

Although the justices appear unlikely to grant Trump the full scope of the immunity he seeks, many believe Trump has already scored a victory in his strategy of delay.

During last week's arguments, the justices were receptive to Trump's claim that at least some immunity is needed as a protection against political prosecution.

Several of the justices noted the enormous consequences of the case before them, with Neil Gorsuch saying they were making a ruling "for the ages."

Brett Kavanaugh noted, "This case has huge implications for the presidency, for the future of the presidency, for the future of the country."

Trump's miracle?

The deliberative tone from the court has rattled the left, because it suggests the justices are going to do their job correctly instead of writing a botched opinion to meet prosecutor Jack Smith's political timetable.

Smith is desperate for a conviction before the election, because Trump could dismiss the case if he wins the presidency.

If the Supreme Court sends the immunity case back to lower courts, as many predict, the resulting delays will likely make it impossible to prosecute Trump before the election.

Once you factor in all of the other cases on the court's calendar, a quick opinion on immunity seems even less likely.

At this stage, the only case that is certain to be dealt with before the election is Trump's "hush money" trial in New York, which is in its third week.

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