Judge Raises Concerns Over Alleged Juror Misconduct in Trump Trial


Judge Juan Merchan, who presided over former President Donald Trump’s business records trial, alerted Trump’s attorney, Todd Blanche, and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Joshua Steinglass about a comment claimed to be from a cousin of one of the jurors.

“Today, the Court became aware of a comment that was posted on the Unified Court System’s public Facebook page and which I now bring to your attention,” Merchan wrote in his letter.

The user also added, “Thank you folks for all your hard work!!!!”

“The comment, now labeled as one week old, responded to a routine UCS notice, posted on May 29, 2024, regarding oral arguments in the Fourth Department of the Appellate Division unrelated to this proceeding,” Merchan continued.

On May 30, Trump was found guilty of 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first-degree concerning payments made to adult entertainment star, Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential election.

While Merchan added in his letter that the comment was able to be seen on the Facebook page of the New York State Unified Court System, the post appears to have been deleted.

Under New York law, “a defendant can move to vacate a verdict on the basis of juror misconduct if and only if he can prove, by a preponderance of the evidence,” that there was misconduct, and that the misconduct “created a substantial risk of prejudice,” according to NBC News.

Elizabeth Weibel
Elizabeth Weibel
Maryland raised. Virginia based.

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