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NEW: Trump Attempts Rare Legal Maneuver During Trial

By Chris Powell


As Donald Trump’s hush money trial progresses in a New York courtroom, the former president is seeking an unconventional legal strategy by requesting to participate personally in sidebar conversations, a move rarely seen from defendants in criminal trials.

The trial, which centers on allegations that Trump paid hush money to silence affairs, is drawing attention not only for its high-profile defendant but also for the unique legal maneuvers being employed. With jury selection imminent, the atmosphere in the courtroom has been charged with anticipation.

According to CNN, Trump’s request to join sidebar discussions — typically private conversations between the judge and lawyers — was highlighted by his legal team on Monday. Such conversations often involve sensitive matters that may not be suitable for public airing, and traditionally, only attorneys and the judge participate directly. The case against Trump got off to a rocky start as Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg was denied the opportunity to present one of his key pieces of character evidence.

The trial has already seen its share of drama; Judge Juan Merchan ruled that the controversial “Access Hollywood” tape, in which Trump made lewd comments about women, cannot be shown to jurors. However, testimony from individuals allegedly involved with Trump, including a model who claims to have had an affair with him, has been allowed. Prosecutors are also pushing for penalties against Trump for allegedly violating a gag order…


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