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Trump trial live: Jury to begin deliberations in hush-money case - BBC News Trump trial live: Jury to begin deliberations in hush-money case - BBC News
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Kayla Epstein Madeline Halpert
Reporting from courtReporting from court
Donald Trump strides into Justice Merchan is now
the courtroom, followed by a procession of his legal and campaign teams. telling jurors about the burden of proof in this case.
His It’s a high burden -
lawyers, Todd Blanche, Emil Bove, and Susan Necheles are here, as is top prosecutors must prove Trump’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
campaign advisor Jason Miller and spokeswoman Karoline Leavitt. “It is not sufficient to
His eldest son, Donald Trump prove that the defendant is probably guilty. In a criminal case, the proof of
Jr, is here as well, sitting in the first row of benches behind his father. guilt must be stronger than that,” Justice Merchan says.
He goes on to explain
exactly what this means: that a reasonable doubt is an “honest doubt” of the
defendant’s guilt based on the nature and quality of the evidence.
It’s an
actual doubt, not an imaginary doubt.
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