Extra, Extra, Extra, Donald J. Trump Criminally Charged

H. Michael Harvey, JD
3 min readApr 1, 2023

On Multiple Counts In New York Indictment

Photo from court pleadings in criminal case against Donald J. Trump in New York City

Extra, Extra, Extra, read all about it! Donald John Trump, the twice impeached former President of the United States of America, is charged in a multiple-count New York indictment. Charges against Trump are the first for a former American President.

In 1975, while a sitting American President, Richard Milhous Nixon came close to an indictment for his involvement in the burglary of the Democratic National Committee’s office in the Watergate Hotel in Washington, District of Columbia. Instead, Nixon beat the justice department to the jump when he resigned from office in disgrace.

Never in nearly 250 years has the country been in this quandary.

Can democracy survive? Has America finally reached the pinnacle of its success? Will Trump rally the MAGAs again in a violent revolution against the rule of law that dares to charge the darling of the right with violating the Criminal Code of the State of New York?

District Attorney Alvin Bragg filed the indictment under seal, and it will remain locked until Trump surrenders to the New York Police Department. Expect him to do so in a few days. He will go through the booking process, which includes fingerprinting and photographing his mug. Then he will appear before a judge to decide if he will be released pending trial or spend some time in the Rikers Island Correctional facility.

When a judge is deciding on a bond, the determining factors are whether the criminal defendant is a threat to commit additional crimes while out on bond and whether the accused is a risk to flee the court’s jurisdiction.

The State of New York can argue that Trump is a threat to commit additional crimes like inciting a riot. They can cite Trump’s recent rant encouraging “death and destruction” and employing his followers to “take the country back” by protesting his arrest. The court must look no further than Trump’s speech on the Ellipse on January 6, 2021, when he urged followers “To fight like hell” to take the country back. Following that fiery speech, a mob of Trump followers descended on Congress, and death and destruction followed in their wake.

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H. Michael Harvey, JD

Harvey is Living Now Book Awards 2020 Bronze Medalist for his memoir Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance. Available at haroldmichaelharvey.com