Donald Trump found guilty on 34 counts

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Former Pres. Donald Trump became the first former US president to be found guilty of a crime after a jury in New York found him guilty on 34 charges.

Trump has been accused of falsifying some of his business records to cover up an alleged sexual relationship with porn star Stormy Daniels during his 2016 presidential election campaign. Trump has denied any sexual relationship with Stormy Daniels.

He could be sentenced to up to four years in prison, but the court is likely to consider parole instead.

However, the 77-year-old Trump is not prevented from continuing his fight to pres. unseat Joe Biden in November. His lawyer, Todd Blanche, said Trump’s legal team would appeal the ruling “as soon as we can.”

“I am a very innocent man,” Trump told reporters after the verdict, promising that the “real verdict” from voters will come on election day. He described the trial as “damaged” and a “disgrace”.

Judge Juan Merchan set sentencing for July 11, four days before the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee where Trump is to receive the party’s formal nomination.

The 12-member jury deliberated more than 11 hours over two days before reaching the unanimous verdict. Their identities were kept secret throughout the proceedings, a rare practice more often seen in cases involving the mafia or other violent defendants.

Trump also faces federal and state charges for allegedly conspiring to overturn the results of the 2020 election won by Biden and for stockpiling classified documents after he left the White House.

However, those hearings are unlikely to get underway before the presidential election.