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Trump To Confront Reality of Being a Criminal Defendant, Finally Facing Justice

The legal landscape is set to change dramatically for former President Donald Trump as he approaches his first criminal trial, which legal experts like MSNBC’s Katie Phang believe will place him on an equal footing with other citizens facing judicial scrutiny.

The trial, scheduled to begin on Monday, April 15, in New York City, is the first of four criminal cases Trump is facing. 

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg leads the prosecution, focusing on charges that Trump falsified business records to conceal hush money payments.

The charges stem from payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, purportedly to silence claims of a past affair. 

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Trump has pleaded not guilty and denies the allegations of the affair.

Attempts by Trump’s legal team to delay the start of the trial have been unsuccessful, setting the stage for the proceedings to move forward without further postponement.

On MSNBC’s The ReidOut, Katie Phang emphasized the significance of Trump being tried as a regular citizen, stripped of presidential deference. 

This scenario underscores a moment of accountability where Trump, referred to legally as a criminal defendant, must adhere to court protocols.

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Under the oversight of Judge Juan Merchan, Trump is expected to adhere to court decorum, a situation that Phang notes will prevent any potential outbursts and ensure Trump’s compliance during the trial.

Trump’s ongoing legal challenges and the visibility of these trials appear to influence public opinion as he campaigns for the 2024 presidential election. 

Polls suggest a potential shift in voter sentiment away from Trump, especially if convicted.

A recent Reuters/Ipsos survey indicates significant electoral repercussions for Trump if convicted. 

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Over half of potential voters claimed they would not support him if convicted of the charges, with a significant portion of Republican voters expressing similar reservations.

As the trial date approaches, the political and legal stakes are high, not just for Trump but for the broader U.S. political landscape. 

The outcome may set precedents for how former presidents can be held accountable for actions taken before and during their tenure.

With the trial set to commence, all eyes will be on the New York courtroom where Donald Trump will experience the American judicial system as a defendant, an unprecedented situation for any former U.S. president.