Trump New York trial: Jury instructions could make or break hush money case

The judge presiding over the New York hush money trial against Donald Trump appears ready to hand favors to both the prosecutors and the former president’s defense on instructions to give the jury before they deliberate on a verdict for the historic case.

Judge Juan Merchan said he expects to hand the final instructions back to parties on Thursday, which could ultimately prove to be a double-edged sword for both Trump and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. For now, it’s a waiting game to see whether Trump or New York prosecutors will achieve their desired outcomes.

Former President Donald Trump sits in the courtroom for his trial at the Manhattan criminal court, Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in New York. (Michael M. Santiago/Pool Photo via AP)

Despite the hours of revealing testimony and tense cross-examination throughout the
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