Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 26, 2024

Trump Seeks Appeal Before 2024 Election

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's conviction of former President Donald Trump has sparked allegations of election interference

NY Daily News reported that Trump's legal team is pushing to expedite the appeals process to secure a resolution before the 2024 election.District Attorney Alvin Bragg obtained a felony conviction against Donald Trump in Manhattan, raising concerns about the impartiality of the upcoming 2024 election. This legal battle seems poised to influence the political landscape as claims swirl that Bragg's actions are politically motivated.

Under normal New York appellate procedure, Trump's appeal would likely stretch beyond the 2024 election. Such a delay could fuel allegations of election interference if his conviction is overturned after the votes are cast. Trump's attorneys are keen to prevent any claims that the election outcome was improperly swayed.

There is a call for an expedited appeal process to ensure clarity before election day. However, appeals can only be initiated after sentencing, which is set for July 11. New York law mandates a pre-sentence report, but Judge Juan Merchan, who presided over the trial, is already familiar with the defendant and his potential sentence.

Urging for An Expedited Process

Judge Merchan reportedly seeks to impose the maximum sentence possible without risking a political backlash or legal reversal. Trump's defense team is expected to motion to expedite the sentencing to facilitate a prompt appeal. This step is crucial for Trump’s team as they navigate through the cumbersome legal proceedings.

The possibility of bypassing the Manhattan Appellate Division and taking the case directly to the Court of Appeals in Albany is also being considered. Should urgent circumstances arise, the U.S. Supreme Court could also offer expedited review. All these legal maneuvers hinge on the discretion of the courts, often complicating the process.

Bragg is likely to oppose any expedited schedules, emphasizing the standard legal procedures. However, Trump’s team may counter with arguments that underscore the necessity of resolving the case before the elections for the sake of public transparency and fairness.

Arguments of Impropriety and Political Bias

Prosecutor Jack Smith has argued that the public deserves to have these legal matters settled before voting. The notion is that voters should consider the results of the trial when making their decisions at the polls. Trump's conviction carries strong descriptors such as "corrupt" and "unconstitutional," cited by critics to highlight potential biases in the trial process.

Detractors of the conviction argue that reversible errors mar the entire case. These errors, described as obvious enough for even a novice law student to notice, further the narrative that the trial lacked fairness due to the highly charged political atmosphere.

Concerns about the criminal justice system's weaponization are at the forefront of this issue. The argument is that Trump is being denied a just trial due to a system overly influenced by partisan interests, which is why an appellate review outside Manhattan might be more neutral.

Future Legal Proceedings and Political Ramifications

Given the high stakes, appellate courts are faced with the complex decision of adjusting their schedules to acknowledge the political implications acknowledged by several prosecutors. A rushed appeal process is being championed to ensure the case reaches a conclusion before the national vote.

The resolution of Trump's appeal before the election is crucial to avoid accusations of electoral manipulation and could set a precedent for prosecuting political figures during election cycles. The case highlights debates about fairness in the criminal justice system and political influences, with both sides closely watching as July 11 approaches, a key date for the appeals process and the 2024 election.

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