NY v. Trump: Juror's Facebook Post Questions Trial Impartiality

 June 8, 2024

A recent guilty verdict in former President Donald Trump's New York trial is under scrutiny after allegations surfaced about possible juror bias.

According to Fox News, the six-week trial that culminated in Trump's conviction on multiple counts of record falsification is now overshadowed by a controversial social media post.

The heart of the issue is a Facebook comment, revealed by Judge Juan Merchan, suggesting a juror may have prematurely discussed the case's outcome. The comment surfaced on a Facebook page moderated by the Unified Court System and was made by an individual named "Michael Anderson."

This revelation occurred just one day before the verdict was issued, raising immediate concerns about the fairness of the trial. Judge Merchan, who presided over this high-profile case, brought the comment to the notice of both the prosecution and defense teams.

Judge and Lawyers Respond to Potential Juror Misconduct

"Today, the Court became aware of a comment that was posted on the Unified Court System's public Facebook page and which I now bring to your attention. In the comment, the user, ‘Michael Anderson,’ states: 'My cousin is a juror and says Trump is getting convicted! Thank you folks for all your hard work!!!!'" - Judge Juan Merchan

The expressed concerns are not just from the judicial side. Al Baker, a spokesperson for the state OCA, stated that they notified all involved parties upon discovering the social media post.

The accused, Donald Trump, vocalized his discontent regarding the judgment, marking it as detrimental to the reputation of New York's justice system, and asserted his intent to persist in his legal battles.

Details Emerge About the Facebook Commenter

The Facebook account from which the questionable comment originated presented very little publicly available information, describing the owner, "Michael Anderson," as a "Transabled & professional sh-- poster." This vague identity adds another layer of complexity to the investigation of the claim.

Following these events, Trump's legal team made another move by requesting Judge Merchan to revoke a previously placed gag order, to allow open discussion leading up to an upcoming presidential debate.

The situation has caught the attention of national media, including Fox News, where a campaign official from Trump's camp reportedly stated that they were actively investigating the incident.


Donald Trump, responding to the outcome of the trial, described it as a "scar" on New York’s justice system and reaffirmed his commitment to "keep fighting." This statement highlights the former president's dissatisfaction and potential grounds for an appeal, citing concerns over juror impartiality.

Trump's attorneys followed up the verdict by requesting the lifting of the gag order, indicating further legal wrangling and public engagement from Trump shortly.

The controversial Facebook post has cast a shadow over the outcome of a significant judicial event. With Donald Trump's conviction on 34 counts of falsifying business records, the fallout from this revelation points to a possibly extended legal and public relations battle concerning alleged pre-trial juror bias. The integrity of the jury process and the continued legal strategies from Trump's team will be key points of attention as this situation develops.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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