Dershowitz Warns Trump Could Be Tried Before November Despite Supreme Court Ruling

( – Former President Donald Trump is facing three criminal trials after prosecutors indicted him in three different states. He was already found guilty of 34 felonies in New York in May, making him the first former president to wear the label of felon. However, Trump claimed he was immune from all prosecutions because he was president, and the Supreme Court agreed — in part. At least one expert believes that decision could trigger hearings against Trump before the November election.

On July 1, Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz appeared on Just the News’ “No Noise program. He stated that it’s possible that the American public could see a “trial on some issues” within the next few months. The constitutional expert said citizens of the US will “see a lot of litigation, a lot of strategy, [and] a lot of strategy” that could wind up as the October surprise. Dershowitz specifically mentioned the case against Trump in Washington, DC, where Special Counsel Jack Smith is prosecuting him for allegedly attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 free and fair presidential election.

The attorney explained that SCOTUS ruled that presidents and former presidents enjoy absolute immunity for criminal acts done while in office, but only if they are official acts. The majority of justices stated that not all actions done by the president are official. For unofficial acts, the US leader or former leader is not immune at all.

Prosecutors and courts must determine which acts are official and which are unofficial. In the January 6 case, Dershowitz said Trump claimed he was acting in his official capacity, which made him immune. But Smith will likely soon be trying to prove in court that the defendant was not conducting official acts but simply using his position to benefit himself politically.

Ultimately, the hearing schedule to make that determination will be up to Judge Tanya Chutkan, which could happen in the coming months.

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