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Sentence for Donald Trump’s hush money case delayed until September 18th

Former President Trump’s Sentencing Delayed to September Postponed Due to Supreme Court Ruling

Former President Donald Trump’s sentencing in his Manhattan hush money trial has been postponed to September, following a decision by prosecutors to delay the historic event in light of the US Supreme Court’s recent ruling on presidential immunity.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan approved the request to push back the July 11 sentencing in the felony fudging business records case. This decision allows him time to rule on Trump’s claim that prosecutors improperly used trial evidence from his time in the White House.

Merchan stated that he will make a decision on how the immunity ruling affects the case by September 6, with the sentencing now set for September 18 “if still necessary.”

The former president, 78, faces a potential four-year prison sentence but could also receive probation or community service. This comes after a Manhattan jury convicted him on May 30 for concealing a $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels to keep details of a sexual encounter hidden from voters before the 2016 election.

Despite prosecutors stating that they believe Trump’s arguments are “without merit,” they agreed to the delay to allow the court to address the ex-president’s claim that trial evidence from his time in office should not have been presented to jurors.

With the sentencing now postponed, Trump’s penalty in the case will remain uncertain until after he formally secures the GOP nomination at the Republican National Convention in July. This delay adds another twist to a case that has captured national attention and continues to unfold in the legal arena.

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