Expert warns of constitutional crisis if Donald Trump is convicted in landmark trial

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Sentencing Donald Trump to jail could spark a constitutional meltdown, experts have cautioned as the ex-president’s historic trial moves into its final phase. Trump has etched his name in the annals of history by being the first ex-president to face a jury over criminal allegations.

The charges against him allege manipulation of the Trump Organization’s internal documents to suppress damaging narratives that could have derailed his 2016 campaign, especially at a time when his image was already tarnished by controversial remarks about women.

With America’s political landscape more fractured than ever since the days of the Civil War, there’s a palpable fear that convicting Trump might just pour gasoline on the fire. Speaking with the Mirror, Syracuse University Law Professor Gregory Germain shared insights on the direction of the trial and the potential fallout.

He remarked: “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. 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.”

“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 further stated: “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.”

The allegations against Trump revolve around payments made to two women, adult film star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claimed they had extramarital affairs with Trump years earlier, as well as a Trump Tower doorman who alleged he had a story about an illegitimate child of Trump’s. Trump has denied all these alleged sexual encounters.

Professor Germain voiced his concerns about the legal pursuit of Trump in this manner. He expressed: “I have been very critical of the DA for bringing such a flawed case and of the judge for pushing the case forward in such a confusing way, given all of the legal problems with the claims in the indictment.

I don’t think the DA proved that Trump committed fraud and a separate crime by facilitating the recording of the business records to show attorney fees rather than reimbursing hush money payments.”

He went on to say: “I think the DA and the Judge are fully invested in obtaining a conviction. 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.”

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