Trump hush money jury adjourns, to resume tomorrow

Trump hush money jury adjourns, to resume tomorrow
Trump hush money jury adjourns, to resume tomorrow/Reuters
Trump hush money jury adjourns, to resume tomorrow
Trump hush money jury adjourns, to resume tomorrow/Reuters

Trump hush money jury adjourns, to resume tomorrow

Trump hush money jury adjourns, to resume tomorrow

Trump hush money jury adjourns, to resume tomorrow

Key Highlights:

  1. Jury adjourns without verdict after over four-and-a-half hours of deliberation.
  2. Legal manoeuvres inside and outside the courtroom add complexity to proceedings.
  3. Jury requests re-hearing of judge’s instructions and readback of key testimonies.

The jury in Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial completed their first day of deliberations, as reported by CNN. With over four-and-a-half hours spent behind closed doors, the panel of 12 New Yorkers adjourned without reaching a verdict, leaving the courtroom abuzz with anticipation.

As the trial entered a pivotal phase, legal manoeuvring both inside and outside the courtroom added layers of complexity to the proceedings. Trump’s legal team initiated a series of legal manoeuvres, seeking an expedited briefing schedule for his gag order appeal at the Court of Appeals.

Amidst jury deliberations, two notable notes were sent to the presiding judge, highlighting the jurors’ meticulous approach. The first note requested a re-hearing of the judge’s jury instructions, while the second sought a readback of key testimonies from witnesses Michael Cohen and David Pecker.

Central to the deliberations were requests to revisit pivotal testimonies, including Pecker’s phone conversation with Trump in June 2016 and Cohen’s testimony regarding the Trump Tower meeting. These testimonies provided critical context for the alleged hush money scheme orchestrated by Trump in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election.

Judge Juan Merchan spent an hour instructing the jury on the law before deliberations commenced, emphasizing impartiality and the importance of fulfilling their duty as fair arbiters of justice. As the jury navigated the complexities of the case, Merchan’s instructions served as a guiding framework for their deliberations.

(Inputs from CNN)

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