Judge’s Shocking Decision: Trump’s Infamous Tape Banned from Trial!

The widely-known “Access Hollywood” video featuring 's controversial remarks about engaging in sexual misconduct without consent won't be shown to jurors in the former president's trial for hush-money charges, according to a recent ruling by a New York judge.

Judge Juan Merchan
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Judge Juan M. Merchan stated that while prosecutors can inquire about the tape, its actual presentation as evidence or playback for the jury is deemed unnecessary.

This decision comes in light of the trial's postponement until at least mid-April due to a recent disclosure of evidence, which Trump's defense argues has impeded their preparation.

Trump's legal team received over 100,000 pages of documents related to a prior federal investigation into the matter only recently, prompting their request for a three-month delay and dismissal of the case.

The hush-money case revolves around accusations of Trump manipulating his company's records to conceal payments to his former attorney, Michael Cohen, paid adult film actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 during the 2016 presidential race to silence her allegations of a past affair with Trump.

Trump, who pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying records, denies any encounter with Daniels and argues that the payments to Cohen were legitimate legal expenses, not part of any cover-up.

In other rulings, Merchan denied the defense's attempt to block key prosecution witnesses like Cohen and Daniels from testifying. He also rejected their plea to prevent prosecutors from arguing that Trump aimed to sway the 2016 with the hush-money scheme or that the National Enquirer aided in suppressing negative stories about him.

Prosecutors allege that the release of the 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape, followed by numerous women accusing Trump of sexual assault, accelerated his efforts to silence negative coverage, resulting in the hush-money deal with Daniels.

Trump's lawyers argue that the tape contains prejudicial evidence irrelevant to the trial's focus on documents and accounting practices.

Merchan stated he might reconsider allowing the tape's presentation if Trump's defense raises pertinent issues during the trial. He will also rule later, following further examination, on the prosecution's request to introduce evidence regarding sexual assault allegations emerging after the tape's release.

Before making a decision, Merchan requires additional arguments from prosecutors to assess the evidence's admissibility concerning rules governing testimony about prior misconduct.

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