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NBC4 Washington reports Supreme Court ruling that Trump is not fully immune from criminal charges

Supreme Court Rules Former Presidents Not Immune from Prosecution for Unofficial Acts

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling on former President Donald Trump’s claim of absolute immunity from prosecution has sparked controversy and debate across the nation. In a historic 6-3 decision, the court held that while a former president is immune from prosecution for their official acts, they are not immune from unofficial acts.

Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority, stated that Trump’s assertion of broader immunity was not in line with the limited immunity traditionally recognized by the court. This decision raises questions about what constitutes an official versus unofficial act, leaving the lower courts to determine how this ruling will apply to Trump’s case.

The dissenting opinion, led by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, condemned the decision as granting former presidents criminal immunity and undermining the principle that no one is above the law. Sotomayor’s scathing dissent expressed concern over the potential implications of the ruling on the institution of the presidency.

The outcome of this ruling means that there will be further delays before Trump could potentially face trial in the case brought by special counsel Jack Smith. The decision effectively rules out the possibility of Trump facing trial before the upcoming election, but leaves open the possibility of a trial following a potential reelection.

The case at hand revolves around allegations that Trump conspired to overturn the 2020 election results, among other criminal charges he is facing. The court’s decision has far-reaching implications for the future of presidential immunity and the accountability of former presidents for their actions.

As the legal battle continues to unfold, the American public will be closely watching to see how this ruling shapes the legal landscape for former presidents and the consequences it may have on Trump’s legal challenges moving forward.

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