Jury verdict in Trump hush-money trial

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The jury verdict in the hush-money trial of former President Donald Trump continues to go underway in Manhattan, New York.

They have a decision to make, and after closing arguments, Trump has been convicted guilty on all 34 counts in the trial for falsifying business records.

We were joined by Roy Herrera, a former assistant U.S. Attorney General and founding partner of the Herrera Arellano Law Firm, as well as Mark Kokanovich, a former U.S. Attorney General from the law firm Ballard Spahr, to discuss the trial. Chuck Coughlin, President and CEO of HighGround, Inc., also joined us in studio to speak about the political repercussions.

Herrera talked about the approach of falsifying records in the case and other violations that were brought up. 

“This is somewhat novel legal theory by the prosecution. It’s a falsification of business records charge, which is normally in New York state a misdemeanor, and it became a felony because it was done in conjunction with earn support of another crime, the other crime being a violation of our campaign finance laws because, remember, this is all related to paying these hush money payments so the story would go away,” said Herrera. 

Kokanovich described the specific evidence and details of the jury and jurors. 

“The evidence was very strong, and the fact that you get jurors that both parties were able to have input into who the jury was going to be, there were juries of their peers and you got a judge overseeing this instructing the jury, and they came to a quick conclusion,” said Kokanovich. 

Roy Herrera, former assistant U.S. Attorney General and founding partner of the Herrera Arellano Law Firm
Mark Kokanovich, former U.S. Attorney General from the law firm Ballard Spahr
Chuck Coughlin, President and CEO of HighGround, Inc.

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