Indictment Crossroads – Trump’s Case and the Supreme Court

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( – On Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced former President Donald Trump’s indictment in connection to his attempts to overturn the presidential election and his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack. However, this third indictment faced by Trump could end up being disrupted by a different case currently in the legal system.

The indictment against Trump included four felony charges relating to his efforts to overturn the presidential election. These charges included conspiracy to defraud the U.S. as well as two other counts relating to his attempts to obstruct an official proceeding. The obstruction charge has previously been used in the cases of many of the Capitol rioters, including Edward Lang, a man from New York whose lawyer has requested the Supreme Court reconsider this charge.

Lang’s lawyer, Norm Pattis, argued that Trump’s recent indictment showcases even further why the court should consider his client’s request regarding the charge being applied too broadly.

West Coast Lawyers President and former federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani told Newsweek that charges for obstruction were some of the Department of Justice’s favorite charges against Capitol rioters, which is why Special Counsel Jack Smith has now also charged Trump with this indictment.

While it is not yet clear whether the Supreme Court is going to grant the appeal, the court currently includes six conservative members, three of whom were Trump appointees. Recently, the Supreme Court has come under fire for their controversial rulings, which included overturning Roe v. Wade, blocking affirmative action during the college admissions process, and supporting a Christian web designer who did not want to create wedding websites for same-sex couples.

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