Jurors set to be exonerated from Trump Organization tax evasion trial say ‘no chance in hell’

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Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, Saturday, September 3, 2022.Mary Altaffer/AP

  • A woman barred from jurors in a criminal trial for tax violations against Donald Trump’s business has said it should not be fair.

  • “He’s guilty in my heart,” said a Manhattan ad executive.

  • Trump is not on trial, but his real estate and golf resort empire, the Trump Organization, is on trial.

“Hell has no chance,” said a New York advertising executive who was exempted from the potential jury pool in the criminal tax fraud trial of Donald Trump’s real estate and golf resort empire on Monday.The former Republican president.

A 34-year-old Manhattan woman who identified herself only as Adrian told reporters in connection with President Trump, “No matter what he does, whatever his company guilty,” he said. New York State Supreme Court in Lower Manhattan.

A woman living in the Midtown East district said Because jurors were being selected in tax evasion trials Trump’s business, the Trump Organization.

Trump himself hasn’t been put on trial in the high-profile case, but Adrian said it’s “impossible” that she’s being fair.

“Absolutely not,” she said.

She was eventually acquitted by New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Marchan after she told the judge she could not take weeks off work.

Another juror candidate in the case, a Manhattan attorney, was also acquitted.

“If that’s the case, can you be fair about Donald Trump? I think it’s hard,” said a woman who declined to give her name. “He’s a very polarizing person.”

The woman said another juror candidate (who later resigned) told her he couldn’t stop being biased because “I hate Trump.”

“Either way, they probably won’t find anyone fair,” the woman told reporters.

The woman said her daughter attended the same fancy private schools on the Upper West Side as Trump’s youngest son, Barron, and the grandchildren of former Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg. Forgiven.

About 130 jury candidates were packed into a Manhattan courtroom on Monday for an initial selection of the pool based on whether they were fair and could participate in a trial that could last until the brink of vacation. I got

About 40 of the juror candidates asked to speak about their conflicts with the judges. They were expected to be exempt.

The jurors who are ultimately selected in the trial said the Trump Organization had defrauded tax officials by paying executives some of their off-the-books compensation in the form of tax-exempt benefits such as free apartments and cars. decide whether

Last year, the Trump Organization and Weisselberg indicted on 15 felony countsThis includes criminal tax fraud, falsification of business records, schemes of fraud, and conspiracy.

Prosecutors have accused the Trump Organization of running a 15-year scheme to deceive federal, New York State, and New York City tax officials.

Weisselberg then becomes a key prosecution witness against the company. plead guilty to tax evasion schemes In August.

He received $1.7 million in tax-free privileges over 15 years, including luxury Mercedes-Benz cars for him and his wife, free use of a Trump-branded apartment on Manhattan’s Hudson River, and private school tuition for his grandchildren. I put it in my pocket.

As part of his guilty plea, Weisselberg, who remains on the company’s payroll as an advisor, must pay back $2 million and serve five months in prison.

The Trump Organization, which has pleaded not guilty, faces stiff tax penalties and could be fined more than $1 million if convicted.

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