The author of the highly anticipated forthcoming book 'People vs Donald Trump' is facing serious consequences for his in-depth recount of the attempted prosecution of the former President.
Mark Pomerantz is the author and former Manhattan District Attorney Special Prosecutor who gained national notoriety when he resigned after the Manhattan District Attorney didn't perform up to his standards, as he has already caused a stir by expressing his opinion that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg made many mistakes in prosecuting Trump.
The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) responded to a request by Bragg, who had asked the organization about legal and ethical issues related to the book, stating that Pomerantz's behind-the-scenes details could lead to disbarment and even a felony criminal charge if his book violates ethical commitments, reported the New York Law Journal.
“The most likely implication for any lawyer publicly opining about the guilt of a suspect is a formal complaint to the state bar association that he has violated his ethical duties,” the APA letter says. “This complaint could result in his suspension or termination from the practice of law depending upon the severity, motive, frequency of these statements, as well as any benefit, such as a book, that is sought to be gained by the lawyer.”
“The most likely implication for any lawyer disclosing publicly any materials derived from a grand jury proceeding without a written court order, including witness testimony, is a formal felony criminal charge for violating grand jury secrecy,” the letter adds.
Pomerantz defended his book after reading the letter.
“I remain convinced that the publication of my book is legal, ethical, and in the public interest,” he told the New York Law Journal.
Pomerantz said Bragg's problems with the investigation began from the start as he delayed building a working relationship with him and Carey Dunne, the other leading prosecutors. Pomerantz and Dunne both quit in February 2021.
In direct contrast with his predecessor Cy Vance, Jr., Bragg believed that he did not have enough evidence to prosecute Trump for criminal intent for his financial manipulation of corporate asset values.
Pomerantz came out of retirement to work on the Trump case in 2021.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to include additional details.
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