Donald Trump Trial Latest: Jury Now Deciding Trump's Fate - Former President Shuts Eyes During Judge's Final Message

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Donald Trump Trial Latest: Jury Now Deciding Trump’s Fate – Former President Shuts Eyes During Judge’s Final Message

Donald Trump Trial Latest: Jury Now Deciding Trump's Fate - Former President Shuts Eyes During Judge's Final Message

Donald Trump Trial Latest: Jury Now Deciding Trump's Fate - Former President Shuts Eyes During Judge's Final Message

After five weeks of high-profile testimony, the trial of former President Donald Trump is nearing its conclusion as the jury has been sent out to begin deliberations. Their task is to decide if Trump is guilty of 34 felony counts of falsifying business records.

Donald Trump Trial Latest: Jury Now Deciding Trump's Fate - Former President Shuts Eyes During Judge's Final Message

Jury Sent to Deliberate

The 12-member jury was sent to deliberate this morning, tasked with reaching a unanimous decision on each of the 34 counts brought against Trump by the District Attorney.

Donald Trump Trial Latest: Jury Now Deciding Trump's Fate - Former President Shuts Eyes During Judge's Final Message

Trump, pictured grinning before the judge’s final instructions, was later seen shutting his eyes as Judge Juan Merchan delivered his final message to the jury. The judge emphasized the importance of a unanimous decision and reminded the jury not to surrender their honest views simply to conclude the trial.

Donald Trump Trial Latest: Jury Now Deciding Trump's Fate - Former President Shuts Eyes During Judge's Final Message

Judge’s Final Instructions

Judge Merchan outlined the requirements for a guilty verdict, specifying that the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Trump, or those acting in concert with him, made or caused false business records with intent to defraud or commit another crime. The jury must agree on the intention but does not need to unanimously identify the specific unlawful means.

Donald Trump Trial Latest: Jury Now Deciding Trump's Fate - Former President Shuts Eyes During Judge's Final Message

In his closing instructions, the judge also highlighted the complexity of the case and the need for careful deliberation, acknowledging that the jurors could take time beyond today’s session if needed.

Donald Trump Trial Latest: Jury Now Deciding Trump's Fate - Former President Shuts Eyes During Judge's Final Message

Key Testimonies and Closing Arguments

During the trial, testimonies from key witnesses, including Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, were central to the prosecution’s case. The defense sought to discredit Cohen, emphasizing his criminal history and motivations.

Donald Trump Trial Latest: Jury Now Deciding Trump's Fate - Former President Shuts Eyes During Judge's Final Message

Prosecutors argued that Trump conspired to influence the 2016 presidential election through unlawful means, including hush money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. They presented corroborative evidence to support their claims, asserting that Trump’s intent was clear.

Trump’s Potential Sentence

If found guilty, Trump faces up to four years in prison for each felony count. The trial has garnered significant public and media attention, with implications for Trump’s political future.

Courtroom Atmosphere

Throughout the judge’s instructions, Trump appeared restless, adjusting his posture and taking sips of water. Despite this, he remained attentive to Judge Merchan’s words, which were crucial for the jury’s understanding of the complex legal issues at hand.

Public and Media Reaction

The trial has sparked widespread debate and analysis, with media outlets and legal experts closely monitoring the proceedings. The jury’s deliberation is now the focal point, as the nation awaits the outcome

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