New York judge delays Trump hush money trial amid potential dismissal

New York judge delays Trump hush money trial amid potential dismissal

The Manhattan judge overseeing Donald Trump’s hush money trial has agreed to delay its start, adding more uncertainty for the former US leader. Initially set for March 25, a new trial date remains undetermined. This decision follows a contentious exchange between the Manhattan district attorney’s office and Trump’s legal team over the production of tens of thousands of documents.

The delay allows for a March 25 hearing to address recent document turnovers and Trump’s motions to dismiss the case. Judge Juan Merchan’s letter indicates the need for a prompt hearing on discovery issues before setting a new trial date. Legal scholars suggest the delay reflects the judge’s concern over the document production dispute.

Merchan instructed parties, including Trump, to refrain from scheduling commitments conflicting with the new trial timeline. A detailed timeline of events surrounding document requests and productions is due by March 21. Trump faces 34 counts of falsifying business records related to hush money payments made to Stormy Daniels, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

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