The decide in New York prosecutors’ hush cash case towards Donald Trump stated lawyer Joe Tacopina can proceed representing the previous president regardless of the legal professional’s prior dealings with Stormy Daniels.
Manhattan prosecutors had flagged Tacopina’s earlier communications with the porn star as a battle of curiosity, as she is on the heart of their case. However in a letter dated Sept. 1, Choose Juan Merchan disagreed, writing that “there isn’t any battle.”
Tacopina welcomed the decide’s determination.
“I’ve stated from Day One there isn’t any battle,” he stated in an announcement shared with CNN and ABC Information. “Now the court docket has stated the identical.”
Clark Brewster, a lawyer for Daniels, advised CNN in March he gave the prosecution communications that Daniels had had with Tacopina and others at Tacopina’s regulation agency in 2018 when she was in search of authorized counsel. Brewster claimed the exchanges demonstrated Tacopina had entry to Daniels’ confidential data.
Whereas the decide sided with Tacopina, he stated he’ll carry up the problem with the previous president early subsequent 12 months.
“Nonetheless, in an extra of warning, the Court docket will revisit this subject with Mr. Trump when he subsequent seems nearly on February 15, 2024,” Merchan wrote.
Merchan additionally accepted Tacopina’s provide to not look at Daniels if she known as as a witness by the prosecution.
On the heart of the case introduced by Manhattan District Lawyer Alvin Bragg is a $130,000 cost Daniels acquired within the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election to maintain quiet about an alleged affair with Trump years prior. A Manhattan grand jury indicted Trump in April on 34 counts of falsifying enterprise information.
Trump has denied wrongdoing.
The trial’s begin date is at present slated for March 25, however the decide has signaled he’s open to altering it given Trump’s “quickly evolving trial schedule.”
Other than the Manhattan case, Trump has been indicted three extra occasions over his alleged mishandling of labeled paperwork, his efforts to undo the 2020 election, and his scheme to overturn Joe Biden’s win in Georgia.