Potential Consequences for Trump Following Manhattan Trial

 May 29, 2024

A jury is currently weighing the possible conviction of Donald Trump on 34 felony charges concerning alleged financial misconduct intended to influence the 2016 Presidential Election.

Legal experts indicate that if former President Trump is convicted in his New York criminal case, he could face jail time, home confinement, or probation, Fox News reported.

At the heart of the trial are accusations that Trump engaged in a scheme to falsify business records. This was allegedly done to disguise payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, purportedly to safeguard his running for the presidency in 2016. Trump, maintaining his innocence, has denied all charges levied against him.

Inside the Courtroom: Family Support and Legal Arguments

The courtroom has seen frequent appearances from Trump’s family members, including Tiffany Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Eric Trump, alongside Eric's wife, Lara Trump. They have been present to support the former president throughout the legal proceedings.

The defense, led by attorney Todd Blanche, argued that the prosecution failed to conclusively prove Trump’s intent to commit felony crimes. The conclusion of the closing arguments marked the initiation of jury deliberation on Wednesday.

Judge Juan Merchan is overseeing a trial that many have described as controversial. The outcome of this trial could have significant implications for New York's legal landscape and may also impact the broader 2024 presidential race.

A Range of Possible Outcomes

Should the jury find Trump guilty, the implications extend far beyond a mere legal finding. Depending on the specifics of his sentence, his ability to engage in the upcoming presidential campaign could be notably hindered. Scenarios range widely, from incarceration at Rikers Island to potential alternatives like house arrest or probation.

In commenting on the unique nature of these charges, Louis Gelormino described them as monolithic yet absurd. "This is the most absurd, obscene case we've ever seen anybody try to get convicted of. And for this to be a case against the former president of the United States puts it way over the top," said Gelorminio.

Despite the possibility of his campaigning abilities being restricted, Trump could still engage in the presidential race, leading to unique challenges in political and legal norms in the United States.

Implications of House Arrest on Campaigning

David Gelman elaborated on the constraints of a potential home confinement sentence. During home confinement, movement is heavily restricted, which could severely impact Trump’s ability to campaign directly.

Furthermore, the defense has hinted at robust post-verdict strategies. These could involve an appeal against any conviction, possible bail adjustments, or immediate remand pending sentencing. Depending on the verdict, plans for challenging the prosecution and even the presiding judge have been suggested.

Joe Borelli expressed his opinion on Trump’s potential response if acquitted. He advises Trump to focus on campaigning: "I think he should just forget about it, move on, and let his surrogates talk about the criminal prosecutions while he's doing what we saw him do here in New York, which is attracting and expanding his base."


Former President Donald Trump’s legal and political fate is poised on a knife-edge as the jury deliberates in Manhattan. The potential outcomes vary widely, with each holding distinct implications for his personal life, future in politics, and the broader sphere of criminal justice in New York. Regardless of the verdict, the ripple effects of this case will likely be felt across multiple facets of American public and political life.

About Victor Winston

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

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