Donald Trump arrest: Trump attorney says he believes Manhattan DA case will not see jury trial

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Former President Trump leaves Trump Tower for Manhattan Criminal Court in New York on Tuesday, April 4, 2023. Trump will be booked and arraigned on charges arising from hush money payments during his 2016 campaign. (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin)

Donald Trump arrest: Trump attorney says he believes Manhattan DA case will not see jury trial

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Former President Donald Trump‘s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, says he believes the Manhattan grand jury indictment against Trump will not see a jury trial.

Tacopina made the prediction and insisted that Trump will not plead guilty to any of the charges levied against him while speaking Tuesday morning on ABC’s Good Morning America.


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“One thing I can assure you as I sit here today, there will be no guilty plea in this case. That’s one thing I can guarantee you. I don’t think this case is going to see a jury. I think it’s going to go away on papers. I think there’s a legal challenge that will be made and should be made successfully,” Tacopina said.

He also stated that there is “no indication” of the judge issuing a gag order, which would prevent Trump from discussing the case in public.

“There’s no indication that there’ll be a gag order. It can’t happen in this case. Look, when you have a gag order, you have to balance a couple of things: the First Amendment … and the right to a fair trial for both sides. So it’s a balancing act,” Tacopina said.

He continued: “Here you have something uniquely different. The defendant is the leading Republican candidate for the office of the president of the United States and will be campaigning. Hard to put a gag order when he’s going to be fielding questions about his current legal situation. But there has been no indication there’ll be a gag order imposed.”

Trump arrived at the Manhattan Criminal Court for his arraignment on Tuesday afternoon.


Video cameras will not be permitted inside the courtroom, but a pool of still photographers will be allowed to take photos before the arraignment begins. A line for court access formed overnight, with some waiting in the darkness of the early morning to get a chance to be in the courtroom for the arraignment.

The indictment will not be made public until Trump is arraigned, but it appears to have stemmed from an investigation by prosecutors in New York into allegedly falsified business records regarding a $130,000 reimbursement of Trump’s then-lawyer Michael Cohen for paying off porn star Stormy Daniels to stay quiet about an alleged affair she had with Trump. The payment was made in 2016 as Trump was running for president.

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