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Paul Brandus: Trump has long benefited from this flaw in the U.S. legal system  

Paul Brandus

White-collar crime — which former President Donald Trump is accused of — is rarely a priority for prosecutors

Former President Donald Trump makes his way inside the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse in New York on April 4, 2023.

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I presume Donald Trump is innocent of the 34 felony charges that have been leveled against him by New York authorities. I say this not because I like the former president — I don’t. I say it because in America, every person accused of a crime (or 34 of them) is entitled to the presumption of innocence.

That’s how our system works. It isn’t up to Trump to prove his innocence. It’s up to prosecutors to prove his guilt. If they have the goods on him, then I say bring it, and let the chips fall where they may. 


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