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“Charting the Indicted Crimes in Trump’s New York Criminal Trial”

A must-read from Guha Krishnamurthi (University of Maryland, Carey School of Law). Download it while it is hot, as Larry Solum might say.

In April 2023, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr. announced that his office was bringing a 34-count indictment against former President Donald J. Trump “for falsifying New York business records in order to conceal damaging information and unlawful activity from American voters before and after the 2016 election.” Those charges were brought under New York State Penal Law § 175.10, which requires the prosecution to show that an individual falsified business records with the intent to commit another “predicate” crime.
The prosecution has thus far stated that Trump falsified business records with the intent to commit election and tax crimes, referencing the Federal Election Campaign Act; N.Y. Election Law § 17-152; and Tax Law §§ 1801(a)(3), 1802. Some commentators have expressed doubt that there is any predicate crime to ground Trump’s guilt under Section 175.10.

In this short piece, I attempt to identify crimes in the Federal Election Campaign Act that can serve as predicate crimes for the prosecution of Trump under Section 175.10. I then chart the elements of Section 175.10, with those predicate crimes under the Federal Election Campaign Act.

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“Kenneth Chesebro: Second Trump lawyer pleads guilty to conspiracy”

BBC News:

Kenneth Chesebro, a former Trump lawyer, has pled guilty in the Georgia case. “Kenneth Chesebro is the third of 19 co-defendants to plead guilty in a deal with Fulton County prosecutors.” His plea follows Sidney Powell’s which was entered yesterday. For analysis see the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, which notes Chesebro is the first defendant to plead to a felony. Early that paper analyzed how Powell’s plea affects the dynamics of the case.

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“Special counsel Jack Smith pulls subpoena over pro-Trump fundraising”

Washington Post raises questions about what can be inferred from the decision of Special counsel Jack Smith to withdraw “a subpoena seeking records about fundraising by the political action committee Save America.” The group, controlled by former president Donald Trump, was involved in efforts to block the results of the 2020 presidential election.

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