Jack Smith Prepares Swift Appeal Against Judge Cannon’s Ruling Blow

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Former New York Assistant Attorney General Adam Pollock has leveled accusations against U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon, alleging that she is biased in favor of former President Donald Trump.

Pollock’s remarks came during an interview with MSNBC’s Alex Witt on Sunday, where he criticized Judge Cannon’s handling of jury instructions in a case involving special counsel Jack Smith.

Pollock claimed that Judge Cannon’s requested jury instructions misrepresented the law and the case, effectively favoring Trump, as reported by Raw Story on Sunday, March 31, 2024.

He emphasized that Smith, the special counsel, would be compelled to comply with the judge’s order, leading to a potentially appealable decision.

“Stacking the deck in favor of the defendant,” Pollock asserted, suggesting that Judge Cannon’s actions indicate her skepticism towards the case’s legitimacy from the outset.

He expressed concern that this approach could significantly impact the proceedings, potentially delaying the trial process.

Witt questioned whether Smith had any recourse to expedite the case’s progress, to which Pollock responded by highlighting Smith’s history of successfully appealing prior orders from Judge Cannon.

He indicated that Smith would likely seek recourse through the appellate court if necessary.

Judge Aileen Cannon, who was appointed by Trump and has ties to the Federalist Society, has previously faced scrutiny for her handling of sensitive legal matters involving the former president.

In a notable instance, Cannon initially ruled in Trump’s favor regarding the handling of classified documents found during a search of his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida.

Cannon’s decision to halt the FBI’s review of these documents until an independent third party could examine them drew criticism from various quarters, including Trump’s former attorney general, William Barr.

However, the appeals court later overturned her ruling, asserting that she had exceeded her authority by appointing a special master to oversee the documents’ review.

The case in question involves allegations against Trump for illegally retaining classified documents and obstructing justice. Judge Cannon’s actions and decisions throughout the legal proceedings have raised concerns about impartiality and judicial independence.

Critics argue that her alignment with Trump’s interests and her history of controversial rulings cast doubt on her ability to preside over the case fairly.

The ongoing saga underscores broader debates about the politicization of the judiciary and the importance of maintaining judicial integrity in high-profile legal matters.

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