Defense Organizations Cry Foul Over Trump’s Cushy Pre-Sentencing Treatment

 Defense Organizations Cry Foul Over Trump’s Cushy Pre-Sentencing Treatment


Several criminal defense organizations have raised concerns about former President Donald Trump’s seemingly preferential treatment during his pre-sentencing interview. Critics argue that Trump’s interview conditions, which allowed him to answer questions virtually with his attorney Todd Blanche present, deviated from the standard in-person requirements typically imposed on other defendants.

“This is just another example of our two-tiered system of justice,” stated The Legal Aid Society, The Bronx Defenders, New York County Defender Services, and Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, according to Business Insider. The four New York City-based public defender organizations emphasized, “All people convicted of crimes should be allowed counsel in their probation interview, not just billionaires.”

Rochester, New York defense attorney Thomas Eddy echoed these sentiments, noting the procedural complexities of allowing attorneys to attend such interviews for detained clients. “How much trouble do you think Trump would get into today if Blanche wasn’t there to muzzle him?” Eddy told Business Insider, expressing skepticism about the fairness of the arrangement.

In response, Ivette Davila-Richards, deputy press secretary for Mayor Eric Adams’ office, denied claims of special treatment for Trump. “It’s common — it’s not unusual, and it’s been an option from even before COVID,” Davila-Richards stated, insisting that “no exceptions are being made because it’s President Trump.”

A source familiar with the proceedings told CNN that Trump answered questions for less than 30 minutes during the interview with a probation officer. “Earlier today, President Trump completed a routine interview with [the] New York Probation Office. The interview was uneventful and lasted less than thirty minutes,” the source said, adding, “The President and his team will continue to fight the lawless Manhattan DA Witch Hunt.”

This interview is part of the fact-finding process to build a case for Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan, who is expected to sentence Trump on July 11. The former president and presumptive Republican nominee for the 2024 presidential election was found guilty of all 34 counts of falsifying business records. These charges stem from a scheme to hide payments to porn star Stormy Daniels, who alleged an affair with Trump in 2006 at a Lake Tahoe, California hotel room.

Trump has consistently denied the affair and has vowed to appeal the conviction. The ongoing legal battle and the accusations of preferential treatment highlight the complexities and contentious nature of the case, as well as the broader debates about equality and fairness in the justice system.

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