Footprints, photo, handcuffs? The unprecedented scenarios that open up before the potential indictment of Trump

Footprints, photo, handcuffs?  The unprecedented scenarios that open up before the potential indictment of Trump

Donald Trump has done history many things, including being the first President of the United States to be subjected to two processes of ‘impeachment’, political trials that he overcame thanks to the support of the majority of the Republican Party in the Senate. Now, he could become the first ex-president to be criminally charged in the country’s history, and in an atmosphere of heightened tension, he opens a range of scenarios that they could leave so unpublished images like the imputation. This would be the process.

the grand jury

For there to be an imputation they must decide it in a vote at least 12 grand jury members. This panel, which can have up to 23 members, is the one before which the Manhattan District Attorney who drives Democrat Alvin Bragg has presented his evidence and witnesses in this case. At its center are the payments for $130,000 that in October 2016 Donald Trump carried out, through his then personal lawyer Michael Cohen, to silence before the presidential elections to Stormy Daniels, the porn star who assures that she had a sexual relationship with Trump (an extreme that he denies).

After this presentation of evidence, which in principle completed this Monday with the appearance before the grand jury of a witness with whom the defense of Trump would try to undermine Cohen’s credibility, the DA’s office will review potential charges and laws allegedly violated again for the panel. If the vote in favor of the chargethe prosecutor’s office prepares the statement of charges, and the speaker of the grand jury signs it.

The next step is the presentation of that imputation, sealed, before the court, and the usual process is then contact the defendant’s defense attorneys to coordinate the delivery to the authorities. It can take several days until he appears in court.

The arrest or surrender

Trump is currently in Florida. If it is still there at the time of imputation you must decide what steps to take next. I could appear by video in the first investigative hearing, but according to the message of a member of his campaign to which ‘The Guardian’ has had access He will move to New York “with all security.”

“The New York Times” has also assured, citing lawyers from his legal team, that he would turn himself in to face the charges and I would fly from Mar-a-Lagohis residence in Palm Beach, to New York for the investigative hearing.

If that voluntary surrender did not take placethe New York authorities could issue a extradition order from fl. Although it is considered a unlikely scenariothat would give a curious political twist to the case, because the extradition would have to be signed by the Governor Ron DeSantis, who has not declared his candidacy for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination but considers himself Trump’s biggest potential rival in that race. DeSantis has few legal resources to avoid signing that order.


Once in New York, voluntarily surrendered to authorities or detained, Trump would be booked if the usual processes are followed. It is a closed-door process that includes paperwork of procedure, the fingerprinting and of Photographs. At that time the call is also read “Miranda warning”, that reminds the person in custody that they have right to remain silentthat anything you say can be used against you in court, which has right to a lawyer and that one will be provided ex officio if a private one cannot be paid for.

After that process comes the presentation of charges in court, a part that is already done in public. The defendant then pleads not guilty or guilty, forks summoned for the next hearing. In the case of Trump, and given the nature of the possible charges, which are not violent, the New York prosecutor’s office will not be able to request that a bond be imposed.

As former president Trump would be almost certainly accompanied at all times by secret service agents, who are in charge of their security, in addition to other law enforcement officers such as state officials who work in the court. Which It remains to be seen if at some point he would appear in handcuffs. It is something that is done normally, sometimes with the hands behind the back and sometimes in front, especially in cases with crimes in which it is estimated that the accused represents less danger. But it is possible, according to ‘The New York Times’, that the authorities make a exception in the case of Trump, “given their status.”


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