Donald Trump found guilty in chopped money trial

11:03 p.m. ET, May 30, 2024

Here’s what’s happening now that Trump has been convicted in his hush money criminal case

By CNN’s Devan Cole

Former President Donald Trump leaves Manhattan Criminal Court in New York after a jury found him guilty of all 34 counts during his secret trial on Thursday, May 30.

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A New York jury convicted Donald Trump of 34 counts of falsifying business records, ending the former president’s weeks-long trial but ushering in a new phase of the historic case .

Now in the unique position of being the first former U.S. president convicted of a crime, Trump faces prison time or probation for his crimes stemming from a secret payment scheme he helped facilitate before the 2016 presidential election.

Trump – who is known for making lengthy appeals against court rulings against him – is also expected to appeal his conviction, which could significantly delay his sentencing, currently set for July 11.

Here’s what you need to know about the case following Trump’s conviction:

When will Trump be tried?

Judge Juan Merchan set Trump’s sentencing for July 11 at 10 a.m. ET. For now, the former president will remain out of prison while awaiting sentencing. Prosecutors have not asked Trump to post bail.

Can Trump appeal his conviction?

Shortly after Trump’s conviction, his lawyer Todd Blanche asked Merchan for acquittal on the charges despite the guilty verdict. The judge rejected the pro forma request.

Can Trump still be elected president?

Nothing in the U.S. Constitution prohibits a convicted felon from running for the highest office in the land, said Richard L. Hasen, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.

β€œThe Constitution contains only limited qualifications for running for office (being at least 35 years old, a natural-born citizen, and a resident of the United States for at least 14 years),” Hasen continued.

Will this conviction cost Trump his right to vote?

Trump is a resident of Florida. As for the guilty verdict just handed down in Manhattan, Trump’s right to vote in Florida in the November election will depend on whether he is sentenced to prison and whether he completes that prison sentence. prison at the time of the election.

Florida’s felon voting bans apply to people with out-of-state convictions. However, if a Floridian’s conviction is out of state, Florida defers to that state’s laws on how felons can regain their right to vote.

Learn more about the implications of Trump’s guilty verdict.

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