Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 12, 2024

Judge Denies Trump's Motion to Dismiss Classified Documents Charges

The federal judge in the classified documents case against former President Trump has denied a motion to dismiss some of the charges.

According to Fox News, the legal team sought dismissal of more than six of the 41 counts related to allegations of illegally hoarding classified documents and conspiracy to conceal them.

In the high-profile case presided over by U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, Trump's attorneys targeted charges connected to obstruction and false statements. The former President's team had pushed to dismiss these counts, citing various legal arguments.

Judge Argues Deficiencies Are Permissible

On Monday, June 10, Judge Cannon issued an order denying the motion to dismiss the counts in question. She emphasized that the alleged deficiencies are permissible under the law and often pertain to evidentiary matters that are inappropriate for a decision at this stage of the proceedings.

Judge Cannon explained that such deficiencies do not necessitate dismissal as long as the jury is properly instructed. Moreover, she pointed out that providing adequate verdict forms to the jury would address any technical issues sufficiently.

Judge Cannon stated in her ruling:

The identified deficiencies, even if generating some arguable confusion, are either permitted by law, raise evidentiary challenges not appropriate for disposition at this juncture, and/or do not require dismissal even if technically deficient, so long as the jury is instructed appropriately and presented with adequate verdict forms as to each Defendants' alleged conduct.

Defense Secures Limited Concessions

Despite rejecting most of the motion, Judge Cannon offered a minor victory for Trump's defense team. She agreed to remove a prejudicial paragraph from the indictment, which the defense had argued was unnecessary for proving the primary charges.

This paragraph was deemed inflammatory by Trump's lawyers, who believed it would bias the jury against their client. The judge's decision to excise this section indicates a careful balancing act between fair trial principles and legal procedures.

Nevertheless, Trump's defense has faced several setbacks. Multiple motions to dismiss other aspects of the case, including references to the Presidential Records Act, have been turned down by Judge Cannon over the past months.

Pretrial Disputes Cause Delays

The series of pretrial motions and disputes have contributed to delays in the trial. This particular motion to dismiss the half-dozen counts is only the latest in a series of pretrial requests that have been accumulating since the indictment.

The complexity of the case and the numerous legal wranglings have meant the court has had to address several contentious issues before the trial can proceed. These procedural battles are shaping the landscape of one of the most noteworthy legal cases involving a former president.

The charges against Trump, stemming from allegations of illegally hoarding classified documents and conspiring to hide them from the federal government, have generated significant attention. This isn't the first instance of legal challenges faced by Trump's team in this high-stakes matter.

Conclusion of Pretrial Motions

Judge Aileen Cannon's refusal to dismiss several key counts in the Trump classified documents case has set the stage for further legal battles. While the defense achieved a small concession by removing a paragraph from the indictment, the primary legal obstacles remain. With multiple motions for dismissal rejected, the case continues to advance slowly toward a full trial.

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