Nothing about any of this is normal. Trump’s stated legal strategy is to delay legal proceedings as much as possible in the hope that they do not conclude before the presidential election.

It’s a strategy that so far is paying off in federal court. His federal election interference case is stalled until the US Supreme Court considers what most people consider to be a ridiculous total immunity argument later this month. His federal trial on classified documents is proceeding slowly in Miami. His trial in Fulton County, Georgia, on state election interference allegations has been delayed by allegations of impropriety in the personal life of the DA bringing the case.

In New York, Trump’s attempts to appeal the judge’s pretrial decisions have also been made in an effort to delay the start of the trial, but so far that tactic hasn’t worked in this case.

What will we know about the jurors?

But we will know from juror questioning a lot about how they live their lives, where they get their news and their politics.

Norman Eisen, a CNN legal analyst who edited a book on Trump ahead of this trial, writes for CNN Opinion that the former president could be hoping with his strategy of grievances, constant motions and losing appeals to taint the New York jury pool and generate “one angry juror” who is willing to ignore the law and simply vote to acquit him no matter what.


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Could he be president from prison?

I talked to Frank Bowman, a law professor emeritus at the University of Missouri who is both an expert in criminal law and published a book on the impeachment process, for his thoughts on how to deal with a convict president. The Constitution, he said, theoretically allows a person to serve “even if he’s a convicted felon or even if he’s a convicted felon in the joint.”

Timing, however, would get in the way of this hypothetical ever occurring. “This stuff takes a long time, and the appeals would drag out,” probably beyond Election Day and Inauguration Day, Bowman said.

It’s also possible Trump’s opponents, after a conviction, could try again to either impeach him or object to his presidency based on the 14th Amendment, although those avenues have been tried and failed previously.

If somehow Trump was convicted in this state case, Bowman imagined there could be some argument by which the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause – which prohibits states from interfering in the exercise of constitutional powers – could be utilized to keep Trump from state prison. But it would be a novel thing.

If, on the other hand, Trump was somehow convicted in one of his two federal trials and sentenced to federal prison, as president he could theoretically try to pardon himself or order the Bureau of Prisons to do something like confine him at the White House. Again, this is uncharted territory that is unanticipated in US law and, Bowman argues, unlikely to occur.

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