Donald Trump is facing a tough indictment trial over the classified document debacle. The next few months are critical.
But Trump’s fortunes just got flipped upside down with this huge court news.
According to recent reports, the Former President Donald Trump may have a very favorable jury pool in the case being brought against him by federal prosecutors accusing him of mishandling classified federal documents.
The New York Times reports that the trial of the former president will take place in the federal courthouse in Fort Pierce, near the northern end of the Southern District of Florida. Judge Aileen M. Cannon is in charge of the case.
The arraignment happened in Miami because that’s where the duty magistrate was stationed, but now that Judge Cannon is involved, she can transfer the case to Fort Pierce, where she usually presides. Judge Cannon calls the courtroom in Fort Pierce, Florida, which is conveniently situated next to a major state route.
The possible jury pool in the Fort Pierce courthouse is comprised largely of individuals from counties that strongly favor Trump, making this decision potentially advantageous to Trump.
One county with a strong liberal leaning and four others that supply possible jurors to the courthouse. Okeechobee, Highlands, Martin, and Indian River counties, all of which border Fort Pierce, have historically voted for Trump in large numbers. Trump won big in these areas in both the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections. Only St. Lucie County in Florida is in a close congressional race.
Founder of a prominent personal injury practice and seasoned trial attorney John Morgan told the New York Times, “It is solid, solid Trump country.”
The former president’s prospects of being found not guilty in one of the most politically charged cases in U.S. history are improved if the trial is held in a region where he enjoys widespread support.
Eighty-one percent of Republicans in a Reuters poll conducted after Trump’s indictment felt politics contributed to the case.
Allegations of obstruction and unauthorized retention of defense secrets are at the heart of the 37 federal charges leveled against the ex-president.
The government will say that Trump kept secret records at his Florida estate and has refused to hand them over to the FBI or the National Archives.
Juries rely heavily on their perceptions and their ability to be objective when reaching verdicts.
It’s safe to assume that the majority of the jurors will have some sort of preexisting bias unless the lawyers in the case are able to identify 12 people who have been residing beneath a boulder for the past few years.
More Republicans will see the trial as politically motivated in an effort to prevent the former president from returning to the oval office because of the unfair comparison between the treatment of Trump and that of Joe Biden, who took classified documents while he was vice president and had no authority to declassify them, and Hillary Clinton, who confessed to destroying servers and phones that included government material.
The media’s animosity and hostility over the past six years will almost certainly factor into the jury’s judgment, but a jury unfamiliar with these other cases may be less likely to establish similar links due to a lack of attention and complicity from the media.
Trump’s alleged mishandling of sensitive documents was the subject of a months-long investigation by the Justice Department and special counsel Jack Smith before a grand jury in Washington. If the case had been brought there, there was less chance of a fair trial.
Trump knows that, while he cannot afford to lose one felony count, Smith cannot afford to lose one juror. With the trial’s transfer to Fort Pierce, Fla., Trump will have a far better jury pool than he would face in New York or, potentially, Atlanta. https://t.co/zbAti1IHkf
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) June 29, 2023
This could bode well for Trump.
Even though the trial is scheduled to take place in Fort Pierce, Florida, Judge Cannon has left the door open to rescheduling the trial.
The outcome of the trial, regardless of the regional political makeup, will rest on the merits of the evidence and arguments provided by the prosecution and defense.
But it wouldn’t hurt to have some friends in the jury pool.
Stay tuned to the Federalist Wire.