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 March 16, 2024

Legal analyst believes Judge Cannon may get rid of Trump case

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon is poised to preside over a pivotal hearing on Thursday, where she will weigh arguments from special counsel Jack Smith's team and attorneys representing Donald Trump.

The focus of this legal showdown centers on Trump's efforts to dismiss a case related to classified documents.

The decision

Cannon's decision to convene the hearing stems from Trump's motions, citing both the Presidential Records Act and alleging "unconstitutional vagueness" in the charges against him. This move has sparked widespread debate and anticipation within legal circles.

Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance minced no words in her assessment of Trump's motions, taking to Twitter to declare them scarcely more than frivolous.

Her critique underscores the gravity of the legal maneuvering underway, hinting at the potential fragility of Trump's defense strategy.

Trump's defense

Central to Trump's defense is his claim that the Presidential Records Act grants him authority to designate certain documents as personal records.

Vance has vocally challenged this assertion, contending that it does not override established laws governing the handling of classified and national defense information.

Support for Vance's stance comes from MSNBC legal analyst Lisa Rubin, who argues that Trump's interpretation of the Presidential Records Act is untenable.

Rubin highlights Trump's actions, including the surreptitious relocation of sensitive documents, as evidence undermining his legal position. She predicts that Trump's motion to dismiss will ultimately falter under scrutiny.

The date undetermined

Despite criticism leveled against her for previous rulings perceived as favorable to Trump, Cannon has yet to set a new trial date for the case. The proceedings have been marred by pre-trial disputes, further complicating the legal landscape surrounding Trump's charges.

Former federal prosecutor Donya Perry expressed astonishment at Cannon's decision to entertain the dismissal motions, suggesting that it reflects a degree of deference toward Trump and his legal team that exceeds what many deem warranted. This sentiment underscores the contentious nature of the case and the stakes involved.

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough weighed in on Cannon's track record, noting prior rebukes from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals regarding her rulings. Scarborough cast doubt on the viability of Trump's arguments, suggesting that while Cannon may rule as she sees fit, the broader judicial consensus is unlikely to uphold what he characterized as a preposterous defense.

As the legal drama unfolds in Cannon's courtroom, all eyes are on the forthcoming hearing, which promises to be a critical juncture in determining the fate of Trump's case and the broader implications for presidential accountability and the rule of law.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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