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Bedtime For Bonzo, Or Nothing To See Here

Now that Trump’s first criminal trial is in the hands of the jury, what’s next for the Criminal In Chief?

David Todd McCarty
Rome Magazine
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5 min readMay 29, 2024

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I’m not a lawyer. I’m not a legal scholar. I haven’t even been following the case that closely, compared to some, and I have no other legal qualifications. But I’m confident I know a lot more about the case than most Americans because most people aren’t following it at all. I do, however, remain highly skeptical that this is the thing that’s going to bring him down.

While it was potentially the least serious of the four criminal trials he’s facing, the New York election interference trial of former president Donald J. Trump still carries the potential for actual prison time if convicted. After six weeks of witness testimony and legal arguments by the prosecution and the defense, both sides have rested their cases, and the decision now lies with the jury, and ultimately a judge.

Two questions remain: One, will twelve New Yorkers unanimously find Trump guilty of defrauding voters through a scheme to hide hush-money payments to cover up a sexual liaison with a porn star that his campaign feared would hurt his image with voters? Two, if found guilty, what is the likelihood that a former president, and presumptive…

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David Todd McCarty
Rome Magazine

A cranky romantic searching for hope and humor. I tell stories. Most of them are true. I’m not at all interested in your outrage, but I do feel your pain.