Written by Ashton Snyder on
 July 10, 2024

Supreme Court Ruling Enables Judge Cannon to Further Delay Trump Case

According to Salon, U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon has been criticized for delaying former President Donald Trump's trial on charges including mishandling classified documents.

Critics highlight the absurdity of the situation by comparing it to Trump hypothetically stealing Air Force One and claiming presidential immunity.

Broad Immunity Implications for Trump

The Supreme Court’s latest interpretation extends immunity to Trump for actions related to his official duties. This ruling now influences several cases against the former President, including his prior New York conviction.

Justice Clarence Thomas emphasized the questionable legality of prosecuting Trump, posing significant challenges to the legitimacy of the special counsel. Concerns about bias and manipulation of the legal system against Trump have surfaced, given the Supreme Court’s stance.

Following the Supreme Court’s decision, Judge Cannon ruled on Saturday to further delay Trump’s case, adhering to the Court's expanded immunity provisions.

Rising Criticisms and Concerns Over Delays

Joey Jackson, a legal analyst, noted criticism over Cannon’s history of delays in this case, though he acknowledged the legitimacy of the recent delay. “I think there's fair criticism with regard to what she has done with delaying previously,” Jackson noted.

Dave Aronberg, another legal analyst, concurred that a pre-election trial was unlikely, emphasizing that, “This case was never going to be heard before the election anyway.” He added that delays seemed to favor Trump’s defense strategy.

Prosecutors are expected to present evidence after the July 18 briefing on the immunity ruling, potentially leading to a preliminary examination in the fall. However, legal experts caution that the precise definition of what comprises an “official” presidential act remains unclear.

Uncertainty Shrouds Trump’s Legal Future

Steve Vladeck, a prominent legal scholar, expressed concern over the unpredictable outcomes stemming from these legal proceedings. “It’s going to be a lot of uncertainty all the way down,” Vladeck remarked.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor starkly encapsulated the prevailing sentiment with her succinct comment: “Immune, immune, immune.” This sentiment resonates amid widespread debates over the potential scope and limits of presidential immunity.

Cannon is expected to proceed cautiously and slowly with the case. Aronberg points out that storing state secrets in a private location cannot be seen as a presidential duty. However, Trump's team claims that since he packed the documents as president, he has full rights over them.

Aronberg illustrates the absurdity of this argument by asking, “What if he stole Air Force One?” which would clearly be illegal even though he used it as president.


Judge Aileen Cannon’s delay in Trump’s classified documents case, which was informed by a Supreme Court ruling on presidential immunity, has significant ramifications. Legal analysts like Joey Jackson and Dave Aronberg have voiced concerns about the fairness and timing of such delays. The Supreme Court’s expansive interpretation of immunity protects Trump from certain prosecutions, complicating ongoing legal proceedings and fueling debate over what constitutes presidential acts.

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