Jonathan Turley thinks Bragg case against Trump could be falling apart

By Jen Krausz on
 May 13, 2024

Law professor and cable news contributor Jonathan Turley wrote in a New York Post op-ed that "this may be the week Alvin Bragg's case against Trump falls apart."

Turley said the prosecution's evidence has been without substance so far, and that it seems like Bragg is basing his whole case on the testimony of Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen, an admitted liar and perjured.

"The calculus of Alvin Bragg is now obvious," Turley wrote. "He is counting on the jury convicting Trump regardless of the evidence."

Turley pointed out that most people are still confused about what the crime in the case is.

"After three weeks of testimony, there is still confusion on what crime Trump allegedly committed," he said.

Failed to protect

He faulted the judge in the case for failing to protect Trump's rights during the trial: "Judge Juan Merchan, in my view, has failed repeatedly to protect the rights of the accused in this case."

In Turley's estimation, the prosecution's witnesses have helped Trump more than hurt him in many cases.

Prosecutors decided to put three females who worked for Trump on the stand, and all three praised him and said he was good to work for.

Another witness, former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker, testified that Trump told him he didn't even know about the payments by Cohen to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.

Stacking the deck

Turley thinks Merchan is trying to stack the deck against Trump by creating conditions that would keep him from testifying on his own behalf.

He has said he will allow broad latitude for Trump to be cross-examined if he does testify. Turley said it would be foolish for Trump to testify under these conditions.

"No competent lawyer would advise him to do so after Merchan’s rulings," Turley said.

"That is exactly where Bragg wants to be: with a 'he said,' not a 'he said, he said' case. With Trump effectively silenced, Bragg will argue that Cohen’s testimony is enough to get to the jury," he said.

May be enough

Turley still thinks a jury might convict Trump, but would blame unfairness by Merchan if that happens.

"Given the blind rage of many New Yorkers at Trump, the testimony of a convicted, disbarred, serial perjurer may be enough," he said.

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