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 April 6, 2023

If found guilty of indictment charges, Trump could face 136 years in prison

Former President Donald Trump was indicted on an astonishing 34 charges by Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg's grand jury this week. 

Notably, the maximum prison sentence, if in a bizarro world where Trump was found guilty, could face 136 years behind bars, according to Mediaite.

Michael Isikoff, the Yahoo News reporter who first leaked the details of the seal grand jury indictment information, explained in his report the possible penalties for each charge.

"The charge of falsification of business records can be prosecuted in New York state as a misdemeanor. But Bragg’s office bumped up all the charges to Class E felonies — the lowest level of felonies in the New York state penal code — on the grounds that the conduct was intended to conceal another underlying crime, according to the source," he wrote.

Iskikoff added: Under the New York State penal code, a conviction for the Class E felony of falsifying business records can result in a prison term of up to four years. But as a practical matter, that seems extremely unlikely. 'No one gets jail time for that as a first offender,' said a New York law enforcement official."

The former president pleaded not guilty to all charges he faces, which was widely expected.

His lawyers, including Joe Tacopnia, do not seem to be worried in the slightest that Trump will ever get close to facing a New York City jury, as CNBC reported.

"I feel that we’re not going to get to a jury," he said in an interview with the TODAY show.

Tacopina further predicted that Bragg's case against his client will eventually be thrown out.

"I think this case is going to fall on its merits on legal challenges well before we get to a jury," Tacopina added.

However, in the small chance that it gets that far, Tacopina also believes that any reasonable juror will see through Bragg's flimsy case.

"If we get to a jury, I think any person on the right or politically opposed to Trump or in favor of him is going to see this for what it is: It’s a weaponization of the legal system, and it’s something this country has never seen before and hopefully will never do again," he added.

Hopefully, he's right. Either way, a dangerous new precedent has been set.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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