Alvin Bragg Agrees To Not Fight Trump's Delayed Sentencing Amidst Immunity Claims

 July 4, 2024

Former President Donald Trump's scheduled sentencing on charges related to hush money payments may be deferred from its initial date of July 11, as his legal defense presents claims of presidential immunity influenced by a recent Supreme Court decision. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office, although dismissive of the immunity assertions as baseless, has opted not to challenge the postponement.

The Hill reported that originally set for a July 11 sentencing, Trump faces a delay due to a new twist in his legal defense strategy. Trump was convicted on 34 counts of falsifying business records, which involved reimbursing Michael Cohen for a $130,000 payment made to Stormy Daniels.

This payment was aimed at preventing Daniels from publicizing her alleged affair with Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign—a claim Trump disputes.

His attorneys have contested the legitimacy of using his presidency's social media posts as evidence in the trial.

They argue these posts are official presidential actions and should render him immune from prosecution, based on a guiding Supreme Court decision. This interpretation of immunity has been featured in Trump's strategies to avert prosecution in other cases as well.

New Legal Grounds Claimed by Trump's Legal Team

In a move to solidify their client’s stance, Trump's lawyers requested a July 10 deadline to submit a detailed brief laying out their immunity grounds.

Consequently, this request has shifted the timeline of the proceedings. Alvin Bragg’s office responded via Assistant District Attorney Joshua Steinglass, indicating while they consider the immunity claims meritless, they do not oppose a temporary adjournment for these legal arguments to be reviewed.

Furthermore, Trump's attorneys referenced the Supreme Court decision in their defense: “[T]his official-acts evidence should never have been put before the jury,” cited Todd Blanche and Emil Bove, emphasizing what they perceive as a potential error in the trial proceedings.

In response, prosecutors sought an additional two weeks following Trump’s filing to prepare their counterarguments, suggesting a new potential sentencing date no earlier than July 24.

This sequence of events would allow Trump the opportunity to accept the Republican presidential nomination before the rescheduling of his sentencing.

Judge Juan Merchan, overseeing the case, previously held that Trump's delay in asserting a presidential immunity defense was untimely in this instance.

Despite this, the judicial examination of Trump's recent claims will proceed.

As developments unfold, the intricate dance between legal theories being tested and the precedent set by the Supreme Court’s decision spells an ominous uncertainty in the case.

Amidst these legal wranglings, the public and political observers are closely monitoring how these arguments will play out in court, especially with implications for Trump's political future.


In conclusion, former President Trump's sentencing for financial discrepancies related to the 2016 presidential campaign's alleged hush money payments stands postponed.

With arguments over presidential immunity taking center stage, both the defense and prosecution prepare for a rigorous examination of the complex legal issues at stake.

The outcome could not only affect Trump’s freedom but also the scope of presidential powers as related to legal immunity. This pending legal battle continues to draw significant attention, marking yet another significant chapter in Donald Trump's post-presidential career.

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