Trump lawyers oppose cameras at arraignment, warn of ‘circus-like atmosphere’

Former US President Donald Trump waves as he boards his airplane at Palm Seaside Worldwide Airport in West Palm Seaside, Florida, on April 3, 2023.

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Legal professionals for former President Donald Trump urged a choose to disclaim a request by media shops for cameras in a Manhattan courtroom the place Trump is ready to be arraigned on legal charges Tuesday.

“We submit that the media request needs to be denied as a result of it would create a circus-like environment on the arraignment, increase distinctive safety considerations, and is inconsistent with President Trump’s presumption of innocence,” Trump’s attorneys stated of their letter to Decide Juan Merchan.

The letter was made public as Trump was flying from his residence in Florida to New York Metropolis in anticipation of his court docket look. 

Trump was indicted Thursday by a grand jury on costs associated to his then-lawyer’s $130,000 hush cash cost to porn star Stormy Daniels shortly earlier than the 2016 presidential election.

He’s the primary U.S. former president to face legal costs, a incontrovertible fact that has been cited by the group of media shops that requested Merchan for permission to cowl Tuesday’s arraignment with nonetheless and video cameras, along with radio recording units.

The Manhattan District Lawyer’s Workplace, which is prosecuting Trump, in its personal letter to Merchan on Monday didn’t take a place on whether or not the choose ought to enable cameras within the courtroom.

Nevertheless, that letter from assistant DA Matthew Colangelo famous that New York state’s highest court docket has upheld the constitutionality of the legislation banning audiovisual protection of most courtroom proceedings.

And Colangelo added that “even when cameras usually are not categorically barred,” judges have the discretion to “management the conduct of judicial proceedings.”

“It could thus be a defensible train of the Court docket’s discretion to exclude or prohibit videography, pictures, and radio protection of the arraignment within the curiosity of avoiding potential prejudice to the defendant, sustaining an orderly continuing, assuring the protection of the contributors within the continuing, or for different causes throughout the Court docket’s broad authority to handle and management these proceedings,” the letter stated.

However Colangelo additionally identified that Merchan not too long ago allowed nonetheless images to be taken in his courtroom earlier than the graduation of proceedings within the legal prosecution of the Trump Group.

In that case, Trump’s firm was convicted of a scheme to keep away from paying taxes on compensation to executives.

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