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Federal Judge sets March 2024 as start date for Trump election trial

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This date marks the middle of the Republican primary elections. Trump’s defence lawyers had pushed for a 2026 trial, but were rejected.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan has announced a trial date of March 4, 2024. This timing has sparked speculation about the potential impact of the trial on the 2024 presidential race, placing it squarely within the Republican primaries and on the eve of Super Tuesday.

The decision was reached after a hearing on Monday during which Judge Chutkan considered arguments from both Trump’s legal team and federal prosecutors regarding the appropriate trial timeline.

Special counsel Jack Smith proposed a January trial start, with jury selection commencing in December of the present year. Conversely, Trump’s lawyers advocated for a trial delay until April 2026, after the next presidential election.

Judge Chutkan expressed her dissatisfaction with the extreme differences in proposed schedules, asserting, “Neither of them is acceptable.” She emphasised that the trial should be a priority for Trump and declined to alter the schedule based on other professional commitments, even if they involve high-profile individuals.

Chutkan underscored the importance of a fair and prompt administration of justice for the public interest. In response, Trump’s legal team argued that a trial in the coming year would infringe upon the former president’s rights, citing the extensive volume of evidence prosecutors have provided.

Calling the proposed schedule a “show trial,” Trump’s lawyer, John Lauro, stated, “Mr. Trump is not above the law, but he is not below the law.”

Following Judge Chutkan’s decision, Lauro registered his objection on the record, asserting that the trial date would hinder their ability to adequately represent Trump. Acknowledging his objection, Chutkan proceeded with the proceedings.

While the special counsel’s request for an early trial was deemed premature by Chutkan, Trump’s suggested date of 2026 was characterised as unreasonable.

Chutkan rebuffed the notion, stating, “Discovery in 2023 is not sitting in a warehouse with boxes of paper looking at every single page.”

Chutkan firmly stated that the trial would not occur in 2026, highlighting that Trump’s legal team has had ample time to prepare.

The existence of a grand jury investigating Trump has been public knowledge since September 2022, and many witnesses’ identities have been disclosed.

The federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., recently indicted Trump on four charges, including conspiracy to defraud the United States, obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiracy against the right to vote.

Trump, having pleaded not guilty during his arraignment in August, faces allegations of conspiring to undermine the legitimate outcome of the 2020 presidential election and impede the certification of its results.

Prosecutors have pushed for a January trial start, citing the importance of a swift trial, especially considering the nature of the case involving a former president.

Meanwhile, Trump’s defence, aiming for an April 2026 trial, has cited the extensive discovery process and Trump’s ongoing legal entanglements in other jurisdictions. As the legal proceedings progress, their intersection with the 2024 presidential race remains a topic of intrigue and speculation.

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Ultra-processed diets could be the hidden path to weight gain

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Understanding calories and their role in dieting on the human body.

Calories, units of energy from food, are vital for bodily functions, and calorie counting helps manage weight by tracking energy intake. However, recent insights reveal that not all calories are equal, and nutritional quality is crucial.

Processed foods, rich in added sugars, unhealthy fats, and sodium, lack essential nutrients, contributing to obesity and diseases.

Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to discuss.

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Online shopping and the pivotal issue of returns continues

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Big businesses are continuing to balance customer expectations and logistics.

While many love the convenience, there are still significant challenges with delivery and returns. From delayed packages to cumbersome return processes, its clear that there’s room for improvement.

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss.

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U.S. joins Europeans to censure Iran at UN watchdog

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Global concerns are growing over Iran’s nuclear activities.

In a rare move, the U.S. joined European allies in censuring Iran at the UN nuclear watchdog, citing Iran’s lack of cooperation with nuclear inspectors.

This decision underscores growing concerns over Iran’s nuclear activities and signals a unified stance among Western nations.

Despite fears of further escalation, the U.S. supported the resolution to pressure Iran into compliance with international nuclear agreements.

Andrew Ghalili, Senior Policy Analyst, with the National Union for Democracy in Iran (NUFDI) joins Veronica Dudo to discuss.

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