Friday, June 14, 2024

Trump Conviction: The Manhattan "DA did not so much find a crime as manufacture one"

To understand the damage done by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Judge Juan Merchan, and the Manhattan jury in the Donald Trump corporate records trial.

writes Dennis Prager,

one must first understand the most important rule of modern life: Everything the Left touches it destroys.

The Justice Department and the American legal system are only the most immediate examples.

Here are 25 other examples:

1. Universities.

2. High schools.

3. Elementary schools.

4. Children's innocence.

5. Marriage and family.

6. Children who say they are the other sex.

7. Journalism.

8. Women's psychological health.

9. Black life.

10. Black-white relations.

11. Art.

12. Music.

13. Architecture.

14. The military.

15. The FBI.

16. The CDC and NIH.

17. The American Medical Association and most other medical associations.

18. Medical schools.

19. Free speech.

20. Women's sports.

21. The border.

22. Religion.

23. The economy.

24. Fighting crime.

25. America's major cities.

In the case of the Trump trial, the Left has done something never done before in American history: put on trial a former president and the opposition political party candidate for president.

The Left responds that it was morally necessary to do something heretofore associated only with corrupt dictatorships because Donald Trump had engaged in criminal activities that heretofore no presidential candidate or ex-president has ever engaged in. And "no one is above the law."

But this response is a lie. The reason for the trial was the same reason dictatorships put opponents on trial: to prevent them from assuming or regaining power.

When dictatorships do this, such as in the former Soviet Union, we call it a show trial -- because the verdict has been predetermined. The "hush money trial" was such a trial. The first such trial of an American president and head of the opposition in American history.

 … Andrew C. McCarthy, a former assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of New York (which includes Manhattan) and no Trump fan, writes:

"The country we love has become unlovely. ... Our system embodied the rule of law, the sturdy undercarriage of a free, prosperous, pluralistic society. Now, on its good days, it's a clown show. On the bad days -- there are far too many of those -- it's a political weapon. ...

"As the rule of law degrades into the rule of partisan lawyers, a constitutional republic inexorably decays into a banana republic. And it won't take long. Again, this isn't about Trump. ...

"To objective, experienced eyes, Alvin Bragg's prosecution of Trump shocks the conscience. ... The DA did not so much find a crime as manufacture one."

What Bragg did was to turn a misdemeanor -- whose statute of limitations had expired -- into a felony under a New York statute that requires an accompanying crime without ever explaining what that secondary crime was.

 … As regards Judge Merchan, McCarthy writes: "Merchan ensured that actual federal law would not intrude. He denied Trump's defense the right to call former FEC commissioner Bradley Smith, who would have explained" how Trump paying Stormy Daniels not to speak publicly about her allegation that she and Mr. Trump had once engaged in a one-night stand was "Bragg's fairy tale that Trump stole the 2016 election by skirting FECA reporting requirements" and was "utter fiction, in addition to being legal nonsense."

In other words, the corrupt judge prevented the most important expert defense witness from testifying on Trump's behalf.

But the Left got what it wanted: the right to label President Trump, in the words of the lead editorial in the similarly corrupt New York Times, "Donald Trump, Felon."

We are bequeathing our children and grandchildren a completely different country than the one our parents, grandparents and Founders bequeathed to us.

In addition to broaching the subject on his Fireside Chat, Dennis Prager also quotes Jonathan Turley -- not a Trump supporter -- a professor of law at George Washington University, who "has perfectly made the case for this being a show trial."

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