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 July 2, 2023

Location of Trump classified docs case could prove advantageous

According to a new report from the New York Times, the location of the federal government's classified documents case against former President Donald Trump could prove to be advantageous to Trump. 

This is because the case is taking place in Florida, where Trump has been proven to be popular.

This regards the criminal classified documents case that special counsel Jack Smith - at the behest of President Joe Biden's Department of Justice (DOJ) - has brought against Trump.

Smith has charged Trump - Biden's top 2024 rival - with 37 counts of wrongdoing for his alleged mishandling of classified documents following his departure from the White House. The charges include:

Willful retention of national defense information, conspiracy to obstruct justice, withholding a document or record, corruptly concealing a document or record, concealing a document in a federal investigation, a scheme to conceal, and false statements.

If found guilty of all charges and given the maximum penalty, Trump could receive a prison sentence of as many as 400 years.

Trump has already been arraigned, pleading not guilty to the charges. Trump maintains that he has done nothing wrong and that Smith is politically motivated - that Smith is running election interference on behalf of Biden.

Overseeing the case is Judge Aileen Cannon. And, Cannon recently indicated that the trial will take place at the courthouse in Fort Pierce, which is at the northern end of the Southern District of Florida.

This could prove to be significant because juries are picked from the surrounding community and that community has been pro-Trump in recent elections.

The Times reports that "the region that feeds potential jurors to that courthouse is made up of one swing county and four others that are ruby red in their political leanings and that Mr. Trump won by substantial margins in both 2016 and 2020."

The Times goes on to correctly note that this does not necessarily mean anything.

There is a possibility, for example, that the trial will end up taking place somewhere else. And, even if it does take place in Fort Pierce, there is always the possibility that the jury will be comprised of people who do not support Trump politically.

In short, there are a lot of possibilities.

With that being said, this is a stark contrast to the case that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has brought against Trump. There, Trump has zero chance of getting a fair trial because the surrounding community is decidedly anti-Trump.

If the federal case remains in Fort Pierce, Trump will, at least, have a chance of getting a fair trial.

Written By:
Oliver Winters

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