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 July 5, 2023

Trump could get favorable jury pool if trial is moved to Fort Pierce

Former President Donald Trump is battling on several legal fronts, but he may have just received fantastic news regarding the trial location for his classified documents indictment. 

The New York Times reported that the judge now overseeing the case has used her authority to move the trial to Fort Pierce, Florida, where the judge calls her home base.

Judge Aileen M. Cannon will oversee the case at the Fort Pierce courthouse.

That just happens to greatly favor the former president, as that area is surrounded by Trump-friendly areas, where the jury selection could end up extremely favorable to the former president's legal team.

Trump has long contended that he wouldn't be able to receive a fair jury in a major U.S. city, especially New York or Miami.

The Times pointed out that the political leanings of a jury pool doesn't guarantee a certain outcome, but in Trump's case, it certainly can't hurt.

The Times noted:

“For years, it’s been a very conservative venue for plaintiffs’ lawyers,” said John Morgan, a trial lawyer who founded a large personal injury firm. Describing the various counties that feed into Fort Pierce, he said, “It is solid, solid Trump country.”

The outlet pointed out Trump's strong victories in the areas from which the jury pool will be selected.

"In Okeechobee County, a rural county where just over 16,000 people voted in the 2020 election, Mr. Trump won 71.5 percent of the vote, according to the county’s election tally. In Highlands County, a rural area where more than 52,000 people voted in that election, Mr. Trump won with 66.8 percent of the vote," the Times wrote.

Dave Aronberg, an outgoing Florida state attorney in Palm Beach County, isn't 100% convinced that the judge will ultimately move the trial.

"I’m not convinced this case is going to go in Fort Pierce," he said, adding that there's a strong possibility it will be moved to West Palm Beach, the home of his Mar-a-Lago estate.

It's truly sad that politics has its slimy tentacles deep within the body of the U.S. justice system.

Trump, like any other American citizen, shouldn't have to worry about such things, but that's the day and age in which we live. Hopefully, his trial is fair.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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