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New York Appeals Court Denies Trump’s Request to Delay Hush Money Trial

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A New York appeals court judge has refused former President Donald Trump’s attempt to postpone his upcoming hush money trial. The decision was made on Monday, just days before jury selection was set to begin on April 15. Trump’s legal team had sought to delay the trial, hoping to move it from Manhattan, a request that Justice Lizbeth González denied after an emergency hearing.

The trial, which involves Trump’s alleged payments to silence stories during the 2016 campaign, marks the first criminal trial of a former president. Trump’s lawyers argued that a fair jury could not be found in Democratic-leaning Manhattan, suggesting a move to Staten Island. However, Manhattan district attorney’s office countered, emphasizing the ability to select impartial jurors despite Trump’s public comments on the case.

This decision follows Trump’s pledge to appeal a prior ruling setting the trial date. The legal battle continues with Trump’s lawyers filing appeals on two fronts, including challenging a gag order related to the judge’s family. Trump is accused of falsifying business records related to payments made to his former lawyer Michael Cohen, charges stemming from payments to silence allegations of an extramarital encounter with Stormy Daniels. Trump has pleaded not guilty and denied the encounter, maintaining the payments were legitimate legal expenses.

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