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What the prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt

In order to find Trump guilty of felony falsification of business records, the jury must agree that the falsification was done in order to cover up a separate crime. However, they don't all have to be in unanimous agreement on any of the three possible "predicate" crimes Merchan laid out. Those three predicate crimes are tax-related offenses, along with both state and federal campaign finance violations.

Remember, too, that prior to summation arguments Judge Merchan must give Trump the opportunity to once again take the stand in his own defense. That decision is Trump’s alone—his legal team can advise, but not make the decision for him.

So, while Trump is crying and whining that he can’t defend himself; well, that just yet another Trump lie!
justanothername · 51-55, M
Actually it’s not a lie. Trump wants to do what Trump does best. Political self promotion from the witness stand and under the rules he is not allowed to so of course he feels restricted.
JollyRoger · 70-79, M
@justanothername I'm not going to argue the 'lie' aspect.... I'm simply stating in support of your statement that Trump is 'grandstanding' to get attention, but that that he "can't defend himself" can be taken two ways: 1/ that he has to wait his turn (which has come up now); 2/ he has no plausible defense.

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