What awaits Trump after historic criminal conviction in New York?


Published: 2024-05-31 11:49

Last Updated: 2024-07-13 05:09

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Despite becoming the first former US president to be criminally convicted on Thursday, Donald Trump can still continue his campaign for re-election, as the US Constitution does not prohibit individuals with prior convictions from holding the presidency.

In a twist, the Republican candidate, who had previously complained about missing campaign activities to attend the trial since April 15, now has complete freedom until at least early July, following his conviction.

Judge Juan Merchan set the sentencing for 10 AM (14:00 GMT) on July 11. Trump was released without bail until then.

The sentencing date falls just four days before the conference where Trump is expected to be officially nominated as the Republican candidate for the November 5 presidential election.

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The defense has until June 13 to present its arguments, and the prosecution has until June 27 to respond.

Prosecutor Alvin Bragg welcomed the guilty verdict, emphasizing that the jury found Trump guilty on all 34 counts of aggravated accounting fraud aimed at influencing the 2016 election.

Under New York state law, falsifying accounting records can result in up to four years in prison. However, Trump's lack of a prior criminal record could lead to a reduced sentence, possibly a suspended sentence, community service, or a fine.

Trump has one month to notify the judiciary of his intention to appeal, and several months to file the appeal formally. His primary defense attorney, Todd Blanche, announced plans to appeal the ruling "as soon as possible."

Appealing the ruling could delay the enforcement of any penalties, including imprisonment.

Notably, the conviction does not disqualify Trump from running for president, even if he is sentenced to prison. Trump denounced the trial as a “sham” and called the verdict a “disgrace,” maintaining his innocence and stating that the “real verdict” would come from voters on November 5.

If Trump wins the election, his conviction will not prevent him from taking office in January 2025. However, he would not be able to pardon himself or halt the prosecution, as the case is under New York state jurisdiction, not federal.