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Judge Merchan Delays Trump Sentencing Until September

via CBS

Judge Juan Merchan has postponed former President Donald Trump’s sentencing, originally set for July 11, 2024, until September 18, 2024, following a request from Trump’s lawyers to reconsider his guilty verdict in light of the Supreme Court’s decision on presidential immunity.

“The July 11, 2024, sentencing date is therefore vacated,” Merchan wrote. “The Court’s decision will be tendered off-calendar on September 6, 2024 and the matter is adjourned to September 18, 2024, at 10:00 AM for the imposition of sentence, if such is still necessary, or other proceedings.”

The Supreme Court ruled that presidents have limited immunity from criminal prosecution for official acts but not for unofficial acts, prompting prosecutors in Manhattan to agree to the delay in sentencing for Trump.

“Under our constitutional structure of separated powers, the nature of Presidential power entitles a former President to absolute immunity from criminal prosecution for actions within his conclusive and preclusive constitutional authority,” the Supreme Court wrote.

“And he is entitled to at least presumptive immunity from prosecution for all his official acts. There is no immunity for unofficial acts.”

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