Trump Trial Jury Deliberations Paused, Ask for Pecker, Cohen Testimony


The jury in former President Donald Trump’s business records trial was dismissed for the day on Wednesday after deliberating for hours and requesting to be given testimony from David Pecker — the former publisher of the National Enquirer — and former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

Jurors requested to have testimony from Pecker’s phone call with Trump. Pecker was the first person to testify in the trial. His tabloid reportedly engaged in “catch and kill” practices to bury damaging stories about Trump.

Jurors also sent a note requesting to “rehear the judge’s instructions.”

Deliberations in the trial began shortly after the jury received instructions from Merchan.

“Your verdict, on each count you consider, whether guilty or not guilty, must be unanimous; that is, each and every juror must agree to it.”

CNN reported that the jury needed to be “unanimous if they find Trump guilty on each count – on whether he committed the crime personally, acted in concert with others or both.”

John Roberts, the co-anchor of America Reports on Fox News, reported that Merchan informed the jurors that they did not need unanimity in order to convict Trump.

George Washington University law school professor Jonathan Turley reported from the courtroom that Merchan had told the jurors that “there is no need to agree on what occurred. They can disagree on what the crime was among the three choices. Thus, this means that they could split 4-4-4 and he will still treat them as unanimous.”

The court is expected to resume on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

Elizabeth Weibel
Elizabeth Weibel
Maryland raised. Virginia based.

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