“He actually should be the last person selected, given the potential conflict,” Brennan said. On the contrary, Merchan was selected as the judge in Trump’s felony trial because of his experience in Trump-related legal matters, according to sources familiar with the assignment cited by the Journal. That history with Trump could complicate the judge’s role in the trial — with Trump’s attorneys likely to scrutinize him for potential bias against their client. The newest charges against the former president differ from previous investigations and legal probes significantly. He is facing charges in his own capacity rather than defending his business or his official acts as president. Trump could be sentenced to as many as 136 years in New York prison if he’s convicted on all charges. He’s pleaded not guilty to Bragg’s charges and intends to mount a vigorous criminal defense in the midst of his 2024 presidential campaign. Bragg’s felony charges against Trump are unprecedented: No other former president has been charged with a crime. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
The selection of Justice Juan Merchan to preside over Donald Trump’s hush-money trial could tangle things up https://t.co/kWqsQeVYBf— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) April 30, 2023