RedState’s Nick Arama has had Alvin Bragg’s number for quite some time, predicting that the 34-count indictment would amount to charge stacking and that there could be nothing a serious lawyer would put their name to in it (and she’s written a new analysis now that we have the actual indictment, here).
I wrote earlier that once we saw the indictment we knew why Alvin Bragg wanted it to be sealed as long as possible, and that according to one reporter who was in the courtroom Trump’s attorneys laughed when they read it. Trump’s attorney Joseph Tacopino seemed to confirm this with an answer during a press conference after the indictment:
Trump Attorney Joseph Tacopino was asked if he was surprised by anything in the indictment.. His response..
"Yeah, I was surprised there weren't any facts in it.."
— Matt Couch (@RealMattCouch) April 4, 2023
Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe called it “an indictment of Alvin Bragg” and said that “legitimate law schools will forever use this indictment to teach the concept of prosecutorial abuse of discretion.”
Alvin Bragg’s unsealed indictment is an indictment of Alvin Bragg. Legitimate law schools will forever use this indictment to teach the concept of prosecutorial abuse of discretion. All Americans, regardless of political persuasions, should condemn this indictment as the travesty… https://t.co/UQshdUftsr
— John Ratcliffe (@JohnRatcliffe) April 4, 2023
Vox’s Ian Millhiser first admitted that the legal underpinnings are… “not great.”
Folks, the legal foundations of this Trump indictment are… not great.https://t.co/XjRcYBYWnc
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) April 4, 2023
Then followed it up with this tweet (referencing the same article) that his fears that the case gets tossed out “on a technicality” have been confirmed.
This Trump indictment confirms my fears that there's a significant likelihood the whole case gets tossed out on a technicality.https://t.co/XjRcYBYWnc
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) April 4, 2023
I would link directly to “Expert” Tom Nichols’ tweet that even a fellow Never Trumper scoffed at, but he blocked me a while back. Of course, Nichols doesn’t understand why basically every single person with any understanding of criminal law, lawyer or not, says the indictment is a nothingburger (and that’s being kind). Sarah Isgur took pity and tried to explain it to him as if he would understand.
The entire "expert of expertise" schtick depends on arguing with actual professionals about their own area (a legal expert) while abdicating responsibility for being stupid about it. pic.twitter.com/TJaYiXZg0g
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) April 4, 2023
My friend and former RedStater Dan McLaughlin: “Calling this thin gruel is an insult to thin gruel.”
Calling this thin gruel is an insult to thin gruel.
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) April 4, 2023
As RedState’s Jeff Charles noted, even CNN’s experts were sounding the sad trombone.
Almost consensus skepticism and disappointment about the strength of this indictment on CNN, including among highly "non-Trumpers."
— Jeff Greenfield (@greenfield64) April 4, 2023
Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton correctly opined that “Trump and the American people have been abused.”
I've reviewed the Trump indictment. There's nothing there. Trump and the American people have been abused.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) April 4, 2023
Attorney Robert Barnes asked, “Where’s the meat?”
They would always say you can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, but this doozy of an indictment doesn't even have any ham. #TrumpIndictment https://t.co/qlldidhdm2
— Robert Barnes (@barnes_law) April 4, 2023
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) labeled the indictment frivolous, the arrest a mockery of the rule of law, and called it a political “persecution.”
The arrest and arraignment of former President Donald Trump by a left-wing Soros prosecutor today is making a mockery of the rule of law.
Not only is the indictment frivolous, this political persecution marks a dark day for our country.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 4, 2023
It certainly looks like this case will be dismissed, and even if a conviction somehow occurs there’s no way any serious appellate court or even the US Supreme Court will let it stand. And Alvin Bragg, who’s a laughingstock right now, will be completely canceled by the leftists. He should enjoy the 15 minutes of fame while it lasts.
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