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Updated Jul 2, 2024, 3:09pm EDT
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New York judge delays Trump hush-money sentencing, will hear immunity arguments

Republican presidential candidate former U.S. President Donald Trump walks back to his podium after a commercial break during a debate with Democrat presidential candidate U.S. President Joe Biden, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., June 27, 2024. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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New York Judge Juan Merchan has a request filed by Trump’s lawyers to decide whether his hush money conviction should be overturned after the US Supreme Court granted presidents immunity for “official” actions taken in office.

The Court’s ruling does not give immunity for “unofficial” acts, although it is not clear from their decision what would constitute an official or unofficial act. Trump was found guilty in May on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records around the 2016 election.

Manhattan prosecutors had said Tuesday they would not oppose such a delay, adding that Trump’s arguments were “without merit.” Merchan will make a decision on Sept. 6, and Trump’s sentencing will take place on Sept. 18, “if such is still necessary,” Merchan wrote.

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