Trial for Trump’s Hush-Money Case May Extend Past Memorial Day due to Delay

Trial for Trump’s Hush-Money Case May Extend Past Memorial Day due to Delay

New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan agreed to delay the start of Donald Trump’s hush-money trial. The trial is now set to begin in mid-April rather than the original start date of March 25. The delay was necessary to allow time for the court, prosecutors, and defense lawyers to review the 80,000 pages of evidence related to key witness Michael Cohen’s 2018 prosecution.

The delay was partly attributed to a last-minute evidence dump by federal prosecutors, which the defense claimed was unnecessary and irrelevant to the hush-money case. Both sides are pointing fingers at each other for the delay, but prosecutors also criticized the US Attorney’s Office for dragging their feet.

Justice Merchan did not set a specific new date for jury selection but indicated that the trial would be adjourned for 30 days from the date of his letter. The trial, expected to last about six weeks, could now run from mid-April until after Memorial Day, with a one-week break in April to coincide with New York City schools’ vacation week.

A hearing will be held on March 25 to address significant questions of fact before the court can rule on the defense’s motion to dismiss the case. The trial’s delay was met with criticism from the Trump campaign, which vowed to continue fighting the charges in court.

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