On Tuesday, former President Donald Trump went to a Manhattan courtroom for his arraignment in a case that is likely going to continue well into the 2024 campaign season.
On the day of his arraignment, Trump learned the 34 felony charges filed against him, while the court also set the deadlines for Trump’s attempts to have the indictment dismissed. They further set up a trial date agreement and discussed possible media access.
The following steps and actions are expected to take place in this case:
After the multi-year investigation, prosecutors are now obliged to provide evidence to Trump’s legal team. According to Becky Mangold, a prosecutor in the district attorney’s Major Economic Crimes Bureau, the documents would be provided to them in three stages.
Potential dismissal attempts
It is very likely that Trump’s legal team is going to try and dismiss the indictment. This is something that Trump’s attorney Joe Tacopina publicly vowed to do before the arraignment. As he had told NBC’s “TODAY” show he did not believe that this case is ever going to reach a jury, but rather the case will most likely fall on its merits.
Under New York’s criminal procedure law, Trump has a lot of options for either getting the entire case dismissed or potentially getting rid of specific counts.
If Trump’s dismissal efforts are unsuccessful, then the case will need to be trialed. Mangold has stated that prosecutors are hoping that any potential trial will start in January 2024, stating that the case needs to be moved forth fast due to the public interest.