NY v. Trump: Jury to continue deliberations for 2nd day in unprecedented case

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A New York jury will continue deliberations Thursday for the second day of former President Trump’s historic and unprecedented criminal trial.

Judge Juan Merchan instructed jurors to consider the charges against the former president and presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Judge Marchan instructed jurors on Wednesday afternoon not to discuss or explore the case.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has charged Trump with 34 counts of first-degree falsification of business records. Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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Former President Trump gestures as he returns from a break in his hush money trial in Manhattan Criminal Court, May 28, 2024, in New York City. (Getty)

The trial resumes at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

During deliberations Wednesday, jurors sent two notes to the judge requesting they again hear instructions on how to consider the evidence.

Jurors also asked to hear testimony again from former American Media CEO David Pecker and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.

Marchan said the court was still searching for the requested testimony, which he estimated would take about 30 minutes to read over.

The lawyers agreed to parts of the transcript on three requests but argued over one. They agreed to Pecker’s testimony about his phone conversation with Trump, McDougal’s right-to-life decision and Cohen’s account of the Trump Tower meeting. But they disagreed about the precise content of Pecker’s testimony about that meeting. By the end of the day, a few lines remained in dispute, so the judge decided to reconsider them overnight.

Donald Trump attends criminal trial

Former President Trump, accompanied by attorneys Todd Blanche and Emile Bove, arrives for his criminal trial at Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday, May 29, 2024 in New York City, New York. (Jabin Botsford/Pool via Reuters)

Jurors can decide whether to stay and continue deliberations until 6pm on Thursday if necessary.

President Trump spoke to reporters after the first day of debate.

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“What’s very, very, I mean very unfair is that I’m not campaigning. I’m in this room all day, from morning till night, witch hunting Biden,” Trump said.

Trump lamented that prosecutors had not called “a number of key witnesses” whom he declined to name due to a gag order.

Donald Trump attends criminal trial

Former President Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, appears at his criminal trial at New York State Supreme Court in New York City, New York, Wednesday, May 29, 2024. (Doug Mills/Pool via Reuters)

“I can’t name individuals because of censorship, but there are a lot of big people, very big people, who would have solved the problem or actually given us a victory. We already have a victory. … If we had a fair judge, this case would have been over a long time ago,” Trump said.

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“The other confusion is that nobody knows what the crime is because there is no crime. Nobody knows what the crime is. The prosecutors didn’t name the crime. They don’t know what the crime is. That’s the problem. It’s shameful.”

“This matter needs to be concluded immediately. The judge needs to end this and save his reputation.”