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 April 12, 2023

Judge overseeing Trump's indictment case could face ethics investigation: Report

Former President Donald Trump has stated on more than one occasion that he doesn't it believe it to be possible to get a fair trial in Manhattan, as even the judge overseeing the case appears to favor the anti-Trump left. 

According to Breitbart, Judge Juan Merchan, the judge overseeing the former president's indictment case, "violated New York’s Code of Judicial Conduct by making three donations to Democrats in 2020."

That, Breitbart noted, according to experts and former prosecutors, could be grounds for a serious ethics investigation, and even a possible mistrial situation.

One would think that a judge at his level would be well aware of the fact that New York state code explicitly forbids such activity.

Breitbart noted: Under Section 100.5 of the New York Code of Judicial Conduct, sitting judges cannot "directly or indirectly engage in any political activity.” Prohibited political activity includes “(h) soliciting funds for, paying an assessment to, or making a contribution to a political organization or candidate."

Furthermore, in a yearly-updated handbook from the New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics, rules about donation are made perfectly clear.

"A sitting judge may not make political contributions at any time, even to a U.S. presidential candidate or to a federal congressional candidate outside of New York State (Opinion 11-146; 22 NYCRR 100.5[A][1][h])," the rule reads.

"Mistrial? Will the Judge Presiding Over the Trump Case Face an Ethics Violation? Of course the left will look at the small amounts donated. Lefties always miss “its against the law” regardless of amount," one Twitter user wrote.

Breitbart noted:

Furthermore, the American Bar Association’s Model Code of Judicial Conduct states that unless permitted by law, a judge shall not “solicit funds for, pay an assessment to, or make a contribution to a political organization or a candidate for public office.”

The donations were small, ranging from $10 to $15 dollars. Undoubtedly, the anti-Trump side will attempt to write off the donations as no big deal.

One can be assured that if the situation were reversed, a Republican judge who donated even a single dollar and violated the rules would be held responsible by the left.

"The contribution to Biden and possibly the one to ‘Stop Republicans’ would be forbidden unless there is some other explanation that would allow them," said Stephen Gillers, a legal ethics expert and law professor at New York University.

With all of the dirty tricks played by Bragg's office and other powerful Democrats, one shouldn't be surprised to see this situation swept under the rug as rapidly as possible. Only time will tell.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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