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Escutcheons for the 34 Counts of HUSH, presented by the American Justice project.

The People of the State of New York v. Donald J. Trump is a criminal case in which Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury on March 30, 2023, on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first degree. The indictment alleges that Trump falsified business records to cover up a sex scandal involving adult film star Stormy Daniels, who alleged that she had an affair with Trump in 2006.

The indictment was unsealed on April 4, 2023, and Trump was arraigned the following day.

The indictment alleges that Trump, through his lawyer, paid Daniels $130,000 in hush money in 2016 to keep her from speaking publicly about the alleged affair. The payment was made through a limited liability company (LLC) called Essential Consultants, which was set up by Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen. The indictment alleges that Trump falsified business records by creating a false document that showed the payment was for a consulting fee, rather than a hush money payment.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing and has claimed that the payment was a legitimate business expense. His lawyers have argued that the payment was not made to influence the 2016 presidential election and that it did not violate any campaign finance laws.

The case is being prosecuted by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, which is led by District Attorney Alvin Bragg. The trial is being presided over by Judge Juan Merchan.

The case has generated significant media attention and public interest, with many observers viewing it as a test of the criminal justice system’s ability to hold a former president accountable for alleged wrongdoing.

This historic indictment is the first onchain legal filing minted by the American Justice project, promoting judicial literacy through the onchain presentation and decentralized preservation of noteworthy legal and judicial documents.

May 2024
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