Trump trial jury rules in hush money case

Former President Donald Trump will appear in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York on Thursday, May 30, 2024.

Seth Wenig | Via Reuters

A jury delivered its verdict on Thursday in the criminal hush-money trial against former President Donald Trump in New York.

The 12-member jury sent a note to the judge at 4:20 PM ET.

“We, the jury, have a verdict. We would like an extra 30 minutes to complete the forms if that is possible,” said Judge Juan Merchan, who read it aloud in court.

Jurors deliberated for less than 10 hours over two days before sending out the memo. Before the announcement, Trump, his lawyers, prosecutors and reporters expected the jury to be dismissed at 4:30 p.m.

Trump sat in the courtroom minutes after the announcement was made with his arms folded and a resigned look on his face.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg Jr., whose office is prosecuting Trump, entered the courtroom after the note was sent.

Trump, 77, is charged in the case with 34 counts of falsifying company records in connection with a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels by his then-personal attorney Michael Cohen before the 2016 election.

The verdict in Manhattan Supreme Court came hours after jurors heard testimony from Cohen and former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker, as well as portions of legal briefs they received from Merchan on Wednesday.

Trump is the first former US president to be charged with a crime.

The documents at issue in the case relate to paybacks by Trump and the Trump Organization to Cohen, the former fixer who paid Daniels to keep quiet about a sexual tryst she said she had with Trump in 2006 .

Cohen testified at the trial that Trump ordered him to pay off Daniels before the 2016 election to prevent her story from damaging his presidential campaign.

More news about Donald Trump

Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, faces three other pending criminal cases.

In two of those cases, Trump is accused of crimes related to his efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss to President Joe Biden.

One of those cases is in federal court in Washington, DC, and the other is in Georgia state court in Atlanta.

Trump is charged in federal court in Florida with crimes related to his retention of classified government documents after he left the White House in January 2021 and his efforts to prevent those documents from being recovered by federal officials.

Trump also faces a civil judgment in Manhattan Supreme Court ordering him to pay more than $450 million in damages to the state of New York after he was found liable for corporate fraud involving the Trump Organization and its real estate valuation.

He also faces two civil defamation verdicts from federal juries that awarded nearly $90 million in damages to writer E. Jean Carroll, who testified that Trump raped her in a Manhattan department store dressing room in the mid-1990s.

Trump will appeal the rulings in the three civil cases.

This is news development. Check back for updates.

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