Trump’s Ace in the Hole?

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(DCWatchdog.com) – In a ray of hope for conservatives and Republicans, the prospects of Donald Trump’s so-called “hush money” trial in New York might be more optimistic than many have believed because he might have an ace in the hole – as at least one of the jurors has been revealed to be sympathetic towards the former president.

The juror sat listening to the evidence over the past six weeks presented in a Manhattan courtroom against Trump may believe the former president was innocent, Breitbart News writes in a report.

The jury on Wednesday began to consider whether or not Trump falsified records to conceal a crime. The report notes many legal experts believe there is no good case against Trump.

The potential for a hung jury in Trump’s trial may stem from observations of one juror who occasionally exchanged “friendly eye contact with Trump as the jury enters the room and walks right past the defense table.”

“There are eight people on that jury who definitely hate Trump. If there’s one person who doesn’t, it’s [this] juror,” a courtroom observer noted, as cited by Marc Caputo reported in the Bulwark.

This person, along with others, spoke to The Bulwark on the condition of anonymity, and details that could identify the juror were withheld to safeguard their privacy and security.

As the proceedings have unfolded since April 15, sources have noted that this particular juror has at times appeared to subtly agree with the defense. Additionally, the juror has seemingly responded positively to Trump’s congressional allies, who have recently started attending the trial.

Most jurors are believed to lean towards the political left, as observed by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman during the jury selection process.

Haberman’s observations support the prevalent Republican view that Trump is unlikely to be granted a fair trial in Manhattan, where President Joe Biden secured over 86 percent of the vote in the 2020 election.

In cases that attract significant public attention, the presence of “stealth jurors”—individuals aiming to influence the outcome subtly—is a critical concern for judges and attorneys.

“Only about 12 percent of the people in this area voted for Trump,” law professor Jonathan Turley explained to Fox News, suggesting that some jurors might be ‘Trojan horse jurors’, concealing biases that are not evident through social media or official records.

During the jury selection for Trump’s trial, potential jurors were subjected to 42 probing questions, which some believe favored the prosecution. Both prosecuting and defending lawyers scrutinized the jurors intensely.

“Now we have seen jurors who have later been found to have misrepresented their histories in a couple of prior cases involving Trump associates,” Turley added, emphasizing that the refusal of judges in Washington, D.C., to reconsider verdicts in those instances highlights the importance of this selection phase.

Furthermore, a recent CNN poll indicates a growing perception among Americans that Trump’s criminal trial bears no relevance to his suitability for reelection, with only 13 percent of respondents believing that Trump is being treated comparably to other criminal defendants.

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