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The Schreiber Times

The student news site of Paul D. Schreiber Senior High School

The Schreiber Times

The student news site of Paul D. Schreiber Senior High School

The Schreiber Times

Trump Trial

On May 31, former President Donald Trump was found guilty of 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree, and the momentous verdict shocked the nation.  According to polls, almost two-thirds of Americans did not believe the former president would be found guilty.

“I am surprised at this verdict.  I honestly believe the former president couldn’t do something like this, and I still do.  The time the jury took to decide—only nine hours—was too short. I highly doubt this holds up on appeal,” said junior Jake Chakrian. 

The jury did indeed take a swift day of deliberation to decide Trump’s fate, which many legal analysts agree was too short a time to decide the verdict.  However, many noticed that during the six-week trial, the majority of the jurors took copious notes, which Judge Juan Merchan commended. Even the alternates, who were not part of the deliberations, paid close attention to the happenings in the courtroom.

Judge Merchan has been at the center of the trial and has strongly and openly opposed Trump.  He had received harsh ridicule from him and other popular conservatives over his imposed gag orders on the former president.  However, others have praised Judge Merchan for maintaining composure in the face of outrage from conservatives, and recognize him for acting impartial throughout the trial.

“I respect Judge Merchan for restraining Trump. Some of the things he says can come out to be quite nasty. We don’t need nasty words in this trial; the cold hard facts are the only things that are needed to convict, which the jury has rightfully done,” said junior Dylan Saunders.

Sharing this sentiment, many were vocal about their support for the jury’s decision. 

“Justice has been served today. It’s a powerful message that no one is above the law, not even a former President,” said junior Paul Trombley. 

There was a mix of celebration and tension, as supporters and detractors of Trump voiced their opinions loudly.  Amidst the reactions, the legal community was abuzz with discussions about the trial’s impact and the potential ramifications of the verdict.  

On the other hand, Trump’s defense team immediately announced their plans to appeal the verdict, criticizing the trial’s process, and claiming bias and procedural errors that they argue influenced the outcome.

“We want to move forward with an appeal…We think an appeal has a lot of merit.  We think we’re going to win on appeal,” said Trump’s attorney Todd Blanche, in an interview with CBS.  

The appeal process is expected to be lengthy and complex.  Trump’s legal team is preparing to challenge the verdict on several grounds, including the judge’s conduct and the admissibility of key evidence.  They argue that Judge Merchan’s previous rulings and the imposed gag orders demonstrated a clear bias against Trump, which they believe unfairly swayed the jury.  

Meanwhile, political analysts are contemplating the broader implications of the conviction for Trump’s political future. 

“The former President has always been a polarizing figure, and this trial has only deepened those divisions,” said junior Jacob Spence. 

The impact of the trial is not limited to the legal and political arenas, as public opinion remains deeply divided.  Social media platforms are flooded with heated debates, with hashtags both supporting and condemning the verdict trending simultaneously.  Polls conducted immediately after the verdict reveal a nation split almost down the middle, with opinions varying widely based on political affiliation.

As the dust settles from this landmark trial, the focus now shifts to what comes next.  Trump’s sentencing is scheduled for July 11, and the potential penalties could be significant.  Legal analysts predict that Trump could face substantial fines and possible restrictions on his business activities.  The sentencing will undoubtedly be another high-profile event, drawing intense media coverage and public scrutiny from all.

Both sides will continue to present their narratives to the public in the coming weeks.   Proponents of the verdict will emphasize the importance of upholding the rule of law and the principle that no individual is above it, no matter how famous or powerful they are.  Conversely, Trump’s supporters are expected to rally in his defense, organizing protests and campaigns to highlight what they perceive as injustices in the trial. 

The trial of former President Donald Trump marks a pivotal moment in American history. As the nation moves forward, the lasting effects of this case will likely influence legal standards and political dynamics for years to come.  The conviction serves as a reminder of the scrutiny faced by those in positions of power and the enduring quest for accountability in the American justice system.  The upcoming sentencing will be another critical chapter in this ongoing saga, and the world will be watching closely to see how it unfolds.