Supreme Court could get involved in Trump indictments

 August 21, 2023

Former President Donald Trump's indictment cases could end up being under review by the Supreme Court.

The USA Today report comes after Trump's latest 41-count indictment in Georgia over allegations of 2020 election interference that include 18 other Trump supporters.

The situation

"Those appeals would arrive at a time when the Supreme Court remains under scrutiny for decisions on abortion, affirmative action, LGBTQ+ rights and other questions that divide Americans. At the same time, the high court is keen to avoid the appearance of engaging in politics and has repeatedly shot down other appeals from Trump," USA Today reported.

"But whether those efforts are ultimately successful may be beside the point: The former president has a long history with long-shot appeals as part of a strategy of delay," it added.

The current push

A group of Democrats is already pushing for Chief Justice John Roberts to approve televising Trump's Washington indictment case. The letter shows there are some ways in which the Supreme Court is already getting involved.

“As the policymaking body for the federal courts, the Judicial Conference has historically supported increased transparency and public access to the courts’ activities,” the letter said.

“Given the historic nature of the charges brought forth in these cases, it is hard to imagine a more powerful circumstance for televised proceedings.

High odds

"Before this is all over, the odds are high that the Supreme Court will get involved in one way or another," Sonja West, law professor at the University of Georgia, said.

"There are simply too many unprecedented aspects to these indictments for the justices to just sit it out. And it is legitimately the Court's job to resolve unsettled areas of the law," she added.

While many may not want the Supreme Court involved, the move could be to Trump's advantage. Three justices were appointed during his tenure, with the court now holding a conservative majority more favorable to him.

The case has a long way to go before it would be appealed to the Supreme Court but there are several ways it could be involved in the days ahead.

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