Writing for Above The Law, attorney Mark Herrmann explained that he is of two minds as to what Donald Trump's legal future holds -- with multiple investigations being launched in multiple cities -- but admitted that, should any trial reach a jury, the ex-president may not like the end result.
Aside from a possible federal investigation into his role in inciting the Jan. 6th insurrection that led to multiple deaths and over $300 million in damages to the Capitol building, Trump is also facing investigations by Manhattan's district attorney, New York's attorney general, the District of Columbia district attorney and Fulton County (Georgia) district attorney Fani Willis for election meddling.
Add to that, the former president is likely going to have to answer questions under oath in New York City over an accusation that he sexually assaulted writer E. Jean Carroll, with Reuters reporting, "Her lawyers are seeking to depose Trump in a defamation lawsuit that Carroll filed against the former president in November 2019 after he denied her accusation that he raped her at a Manhattan department store in the mid-1990s."
Taken all together, Herrmann -- who spent 17 years as a partner at a top international law firm -- argued it was possible Trump and his attorneys could navigate the legal minefield he entered after leaving the Oval Office ... but unlikely.
The greatest risk the president faces is having a jury decide his fate in cities where the jury pool won't be loaded with fans of the ex-president who left office with an all-time low approval rating among voters.
"Several of the prosecutors pursuing Trump choose to indict him," the attorney speculated. "It's relatively easy for prosecutors to pick juries in New York City, Atlanta, or Washington, D.C. Those are heavily Democratic cities; any '12 good men and true"'(sorry for the sexism, but the quote's from the 17th century) would be happy to convict on the appropriate evidence. The prosecutors conduct the trials of the century. We all enjoy the spectacle on television. Trump spends the rest of his life behind bars."
While noting the crushing debt Trump is already laboring under -- and suggesting things would only grow worse financially for the one-term president should he be indicted and financial institutions refuse to return his calls -- Herrmann predicted it will only grow worse for the New York businessman now conducting his affairs from his Mar-a-Lago resort
"Civil cases pose enormous risk to Trump. Trump has to testify under oath in multiple proceedings. He has to pay defense costs. Folks injured in the storming of the Capitol choose to name Trump personally in many lawsuits," he wrote. "Plaintiffs, encouraged by counsel who want to make names for themselves, choose to roll the dice rather than settle. Trump is hit for massive verdicts."
The end result, he suggested, could end up as "Trump is bankrupt and imprisoned, and the Republican Party shuns its disgraced former leader."
Herrmann closed by suggesting he doesn't have any special insight into the particulars of the pending cases and that we likely know --himself included -- how it all plays out by 2023.
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