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Judge prepares another present for Trump in the Florida case, blow for prosecutor Jack Smith


Florida – Donald J. Trump, the former president of the United States, is involved in several criminal cases, including federal investigations into the events of January 6 at the Capitol, hush-money payments, and the Florida case regarding the handling of classified documents, with the last one probably drawing the most attention, especially because the judge in charge of the case was appointed by the former president Trump at the time.

Judge prepares another present for Trump in the Florida case, blow for prosecutor Jack Smith

Spotlight on the Florida Case

And once again, the Florida case came to the forefront. Recent developments in the legal proceedings against former President Donald Trump have raised significant questions about the potential use of evidence gathered during a grand jury investigation. Special Counsel Jack Smith faces a potential hurdle in using evidence against Trump that was obtained through a grand jury in Washington, D.C. This issue arises from the recent transfer of these grand jury investigation files to a case in Florida, where Trump was indicted for hoarding classified documents.

The Path of Grand Jury Evidence to Florida

The grand jury in Washington, D.C., had heard testimonies, including from Trump’s lawyer, Evan Corcoran, to decide if charges should be brought against Trump and others for keeping classified documents unlawfully. This grand jury compiled evidence and testimonies, which are now under the control of the Trump-appointed judge, Aileen Cannon, in Florida. The transfer of these files means that Judge Cannon has the authority to decide on the admissibility of the evidence collected by the grand jury.

Bill Shipley, a former prosecutor, highlighted the implications of this transfer. He pointed out that since the case will not be prosecuted in D.C., any decisions made during the grand jury investigation there are not automatically binding on Judge Cannon. This gives Cannon the discretion to exclude certain pieces of evidence, including the grand jury testimony of Corcoran, especially if she finds that it breaches attorney-client privilege.

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Corcoran’s involvement is particularly notable because he had previously been compelled to testify before the grand jury regarding a letter sent to the Department of Justice. This letter claimed a thorough search for classified documents had been conducted, accompanying the submission of over 30 documents with classified markings found on Trump’s property.

Shipley also mentioned that Judge Cannon could exclude any evidence she deems was obtained improperly. This broad discretion could significantly affect the prosecution’s ability to use crucial evidence gathered by the grand jury.

The Broader Implications

Trump is facing 40 federal charges related to his handling of classified documents found at his Mar-a-Lago estate after he left office in January 2021. He is accused of obstructing federal efforts to retrieve these documents and has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Alongside Trump, Walt Nauta and Carlos De Oliveira, two of Trump’s employees, were indicted for allegedly moving boxes of classified documents and conspiring to delete security footage sought under a subpoena. Both have also pleaded not guilty.

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The sealed order from Washington, D.C., allows for the resolution of the public disclosure of certain materials related to the grand jury matter. This means Judge Cannon could potentially release grand jury testimony if deemed in the public interest. Smith’s request for redactions, rather than complete retention of documents, indicates a likelihood that some grand jury documents will be made public.

The discretion afforded to Judge Cannon over the use of grand jury testimony and evidence could have significant implications for the case against Trump and his co-accused. As the legal proceedings unfold, the decisions made about the admissibility of this evidence will be closely watched.

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