Trump lawyer slams judge for not sequestering jury in hush-money trial

 May 27, 2024

The New York hush-money trial of former President Donald Trump wrapped up last week, with closing arguments to take place on Tuesday and jury instructions expected the day after that.

One of the former president's lawyers recently complained that while Trump deserves to be vindicated, Judge Juan Merchan has worked to keep that from happening.

Alina Habba notes that jury was not sequestered

According to Breitbart, Alina Habba made that argument when appearing on Fox News this past weekend. Specifically, she singled out Merchan's decision not to have jurors sequestered.

"They should have been sequestered because, in my opinion, these jurors are handling something that is completely unprecedented and unwarranted in America," Habba told host Sean Duffy on Sunday.

"And for them to be able to be out and about on a holiday weekend, with friends and families who have opinions who are watching the news, TV's on the background at the pool party — I have serious concerns," she continued.

"If they're left-wing and they're watching MSDNC, as my client calls it, or CNN, they're not going to get fair news," Habba asserted.

Lawyer has "zero confidence" in judge's jury instructions

Habba further expressed "worries" about the jurors "going back to whatever friends might have Trump derangement syndrome, forgetting all sense of reality and coming back" ready "to take one for the DNC."

Her complaints about the judge weren't just limited to his decision not to sequester jurors, as she also voiced doubts regarding what instruction he will give them.

The Trump attorney pointed out how "jury instructions are the roadmap for non-attorneys and jurors to follow the law."

"I have zero confidence in the fact that this person, who should not be sitting on the bench right now, will do the right thing and give jury instructions that are in an appropriate manner without any persuasion towards the prosecution," she declared.

Legal analyst says judge and DA are working as "co-prosecutors"

Habba isn't alone in having taken Merchan to task, as Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett did so as well this past Friday evening.

Newsweek quoted Jarrett as telling Fox News host Jason Chaffetz that Merchan and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg have worked "in tandem as co-prosecutors."

Jarret, who more spent than four decades working as a defense attorney, added that he has "never seen such a shameful abuse of the legal system."

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