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Judge rejects Trump’s request to delay hush money trial

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A New York judge has denied former President Donald Trump’s request to delay his upcoming hush money trial, scheduled to begin with jury selection on Monday. Trump’s legal team argued for postponement due to extensive pretrial publicity, which they claimed could bias the jury pool. However, Judge Juan M. Merchan dismissed these concerns, stating that the nature of the publicity does not warrant an indefinite delay.

Judge Merchan emphasized that the pretrial publicity, while significant, is a manageable part of high-profile cases and does not uniquely affect Trump’s trial. He noted that the jury selection process would include thorough questioning to ensure jurors can remain fair and impartial. The defense’s motion was also challenged by prosecutors, who argued that an impartial jury could indeed be formed from Manhattan’s large population.

This decision marks another setback for Trump, who has faced multiple rejections from various courts this week regarding delays. The hush money case, which involves allegations of falsified business records to conceal payments made during the 2016 campaign, is set to be the first of Trump’s four criminal indictments to go to trial.

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