Jury Prepares to Deliberate as Legal Expert Predicts Trump Conviction

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As the jury begins deliberations in Donald Trump’s sensational hush money trial, the nation waits anxiously to see if the former president will be found guilty. The jurors are set to start their discussions today, guided by legal instructions from the judge, as they face the monumental task of reaching a unanimous decision in this historic case.

Trump faces 34 charges of falsifying business records. The prosecution contends that Trump and his associates orchestrated a cover-up of damaging stories during the 2016 presidential campaign by paying hush money, including to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

In an exclusive interview with The Mirror, Gregory Germain, a law professor at Syracuse University, shared his predictions on the case’s outcome. “I think the DA and the judge are fully invested in obtaining a conviction,” Germain said. He added, “I think the judge will gloss over the legal issues in the jury instructions to allow a conviction by defining the legal issue around the propriety of paying hush money rather than the legality of paying hush money and how that relates to the document’s charges.”

Germain also speculated on the jury’s composition and potential bias. “I doubt that there are any Trump supporters on the jury, and I think they are likely very offended by Trump’s conduct in and out of court, and with the unethical behavior,” he said. “So, even though only one juror is necessary for Trump to obtain a mistrial, and even though it’s a very flawed case, I predict that the jury will convict him.”

Despite this, Germain believes it is unlikely that Trump will serve time in prison. “Because it would be so outrageous to sentence Trump to jail for a first-time non-violent Class E felony, and doing so would cause a constitutional crisis and betray the judge’s bias, I think the judge will sentence him to probation,” he explained.

Germain also forecasted further legal battles, stating, “Ultimately, I think the verdict will be reversed on appeal. If the judge sentences Trump to prison, then the courts will intervene quickly. If Trump isn’t sentenced to prison, the appeal will take its sweet time and be reversed after the election.”

On Tuesday, Trump’s lawyers and Manhattan prosecutors presented their final arguments to the jury, who will decide if Trump becomes the first former US president convicted of a crime. The case’s outcome hinges on the strength of the evidence and the credibility of the prosecution’s key witness.

After over four weeks of testimony, the jury listened attentively to closing arguments that extended from morning until evening. As deliberations begin, the high-stakes nature of this trial underscores its significance for Trump’s political future and the broader American legal landscape.

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