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Trump Faces Tough Odds Of Acquittal, Dismissal In DA's Case

Frank G. Runyeon
April 6, 2023

Former President Donald Trump faces daunting odds of prevailing in the Manhattan district attorney's criminal hush-money case, according to recent statistics showing that less than 9% of indicted cases are diverted or dismissed and just 1% of defendants are acquitted.


John Moscow of Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC, a more than 30-year veteran of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, said that plea bargaining has a significant impact on the outcome in criminal cases, as a defense lawyer has to level with the client. "You have a 4-in-10 chance of going to prison if you go to trial on this sucker. Is that what you want to do?" Moscow said. "Many people don't — and the numbers aren't that good."

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