Joseph Tacopina, the attorney representing former president Donald Trump in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s hush money investigation, revealed late Monday that he intends to submit “a multitude” of motions to dismiss, including one based on prosecutorial misconduct and selective prosecution.
“There will be a host of motions we’re going to make, including… a motion to dismiss based on selective prosecution and prosecutorial misconduct,” Tacopina said late Monday on Fox News’ Hannity program, adding that the defense team will consider other motions after seeing the indictment, such as a venue change or statute of limitations considerations, according to an Epoch Times report by Gary Bai.
Trump’s arraignment is scheduled to begin at 2:15 p.m. EST on Tuesday, April 4, according to a statement from Lucian Chalfen, director of Public Information for the New York Court System. It is anticipated that charges will be disclosed during this indictment.
The declaration disclosed the first move taken by Trump’s defense attorney in the extraordinary case involving criminal accusations against a former president. Bragg’s criminal case appears to revolve around whether Trump paid a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels and recorded the payment as fraudulent business documents, so committing a state misdemeanor, in an effort to conceal or commit breaches of federal campaign finance rules.
Bragg’s indictment, which combines federal and state statutes to establish criminal charges, has been met with skepticism from legal experts.
“Of course, that is why it is selective prosecution. Again, if the was not named Donald Trump, there would be no indictment. That’s a fact … There would not be a case if this wasn’t Donald Trump,” the attorney told Hannity when asked to elaborate on his reasons for filing a motion to dismiss based on these grounds.
“And so that’s where you … we’re really gone amok here. You select the person you don’t like, Donald Trump, and you try to find a crime. So it is mind-boggling to me that we’re here. We are here. But it’s just not going to hold up,” Tacopina added.
Alan Dershowitz, emeritus professor of law at Harvard, agreed, stating that Bragg is bending the law to get Trump.
“They’re searching for crimes to get him. They’re just rummaging through the law books and doing everything they can to get him, but I don’t think they’ve succeeded,” he told The Epoch Times in an interview earlier in March.
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“It’s not a righteous prosecution. It’s not a just prosecution. And I think every libertarian, whether you’re conservative or liberal, should be opposed to it,” he said. CONTINUE READING…