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Donald Trump has claimed that presidents are immune from prosecution for official acts. AP Photo/Toby Brusseau

Trump’s arguments for immunity not as hopeless as some claim

The former president has raised several legal arguments that do not yet have clear answers. A constitutional scholar says they’re questions worth asking.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and his wife, Nadine Arslanian Menendez. AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File

Menendez indictment looks bad, but there are defenses he can make

The indictment of Sen. Bob Menendez is full of lurid details – hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash stuffed into clothes among them. Will they tank Menendez’s career?
The indictment of Donald Trump and an aide was ‘laced with rhetorical and narrative techniques.’ Photo Illustration by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Trump’s classified-documents indictment does more than allege crimes − it tells a compelling story

Department of Justice prosecutors could have composed a technocratic document intelligible only to other criminal law insiders when indicting Donald Trump in the documents case. They did much more.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis holds a press conference after the grand jury voted to indict former President Donald Trump on Aug. 14, 2023. Christian Monterrosa/AFP via Getty Images

Where will Trump go on trial first? How federal and state prosecutors and judges work out conflicts

Trump has trial dates set for three of his four criminal cases. But generally, state and federal prosecutors will coordinate to make sure that their dates don’t overlap.
Former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in New Hampshire on April 27, 2023. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Do federal or state prosecutors get to go first in trying Trump? A law professor untangles the conflict

If a person – in this case, the former president of the United States – is charged by federal and state prosecutors, or prosecutors in different states, at the same time, which case goes first?
Former President Donald Trump sits during his arraignment at Manhattan Criminal Court on April 4, 2023. Andrew Kelly-Pool/Getty Images

What Trump’s business fraud charges mean – a former prosecutor explains the 34 felony counts and obstacles ahead for Manhattan’s DA

False business records – not hush money payments – are at the heart of New York’s prosecution of former President Donald Trump. But not all the alleged crimes have been revealed.
Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed a cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, in late 2021 while filming a movie in New Mexico. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

What is involuntary manslaughter? A law professor explains the charge facing Alec Baldwin for ‘Rust’ shooting death

To convict Alec Baldwin of manslaughter for the on-set deadly shooting of Halyna Hutchins in 2021, prosecution will need to show that the actor was either reckless or criminally negligent.
The Jan. 6 House Committee announced four recommended charges against Donald Trump, including conspiracy to defraud the US. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

What the criminal referral of Trump means – a constitutional law expert explains the Jan. 6 committee action

The House Committee’s criminal referrals show that the proceedings are not just about a historical record – they argue that Trump should be held accountable for four criminal charges.
People stage a rally to protest the newly-revised Criminal Code in Indonesia. Darryl Ramadhan/Antara Foto

Expert panel: Indonesia’s new Criminal Code crosses private boundaries, is anti-democratic, and can easily jail people

Indonesia’s new Criminal Code carries problematic articles that threaten democracy and freedom of speech, and have the potential to disrupt the private spaces of the citizens.

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