Friday, May 31, 2024

Silly and serious reactions to Trump's conviction from Jimmy Kimmel and CNN

I told my readers to "stay tuned" after a programming note at the end of Jon Stewart devours the fast-food industry, parts 1 and 2.
I plan on returning with a more topical entry tomorrow, perhaps just in time for the verdict in Donald Trump's election interference/hush money trial. If so, perfect timing!
That happened, right at 5:00 P.M. EDT, just in time for it to be mentioned in the monologues of the late-night talk shows. Unfortunately, only Jimmy Kimmel Live!  among the shows I watch had a new episode last night, so I begin with Donald Trump Found GUILTY on ALL COUNTS & Superfan Jake Byrd is Outside the Courthouse.

It was a big afternoon in New York and for the United States of America as Donald Trump was found guilty of 34 felony accounts in his hush money trial, Jimmy and Guillermo re-enact what happened in the courtroom, Trump marched over to the reporters outside the courthouse to let his displeasure be known, the big question remains if he will do time, the only family member who was there with him when the verdict was read was Eric, all the bloodsucking jellyfish who feed off his essence are losing their minds, and our friend/legal correspondent Jake Byrd has been camped out in New York for a very special report on Donald’s trial.
I'm being a good environmentalist by recycling what I wrote fourteen months ago when Colbert's studio audience gave a standing ovation when told about Trump's indictment; Kimmel's was just as loud.
"[J]ail to the chief" is a great line, but it's going to be a while. I expect he'll be sentenced to house arrest in Trump Tower with the Secret Service as his guards, at least for this set of crimes.
I stand by that prediction with the possible addition of $170,000 in fines, $5,000 for each conviction, although Jimmy K's desire for community service to be part of the sentence would work for me, too.

Follow over the jump for more on the subject of Donald Trump's sentence from CNN.

CNN uploaded four videos discussing Trump's possible punishment yesterday and today, beginning with Is Trump headed to jail after guilty verdict? Hear what legal expert thinks.

CNN senior legal analyst Elie Honig breaks down sentencing guidelines and procedures in New York after former President Donald Trump was found guilty on 34 felony counts in his hush money trial.
That's a lot about the process and how it will work for the convicted former President. How would this work for anyone else? The next video CNN uploaded answered that in Legal analyst: Anyone else in Trump's position would get jail time.

Legal experts Karen Friedman Agnifilo, Ryan Goodman, Mark O'Mara and Norm Eisen discuss the sentencing guidelines and procedures in New York after former President Donald Trump was found guilty on 34 felony counts in his hush money trial.
I'm with Karen Friedman Agnifilo; anyone else in Trump's position would almost certainly go to prison, but as I have written, I don't think that's going to happen. In addition, as nearly all the legal experts have said, he won't be serving any sentence until after he's exhausted all his appeals, which won't be until well after the election. Sorry, Trump almost certainly won't be doing what Eugene V. Debs did, campaign for President from prison. Darn.

On the subject of differential, if not preferential, treatment, CNN's next video on sentencing featured a guest saying 'Cannot have a double standard': Retired judge on upcoming Trump sentencing.

Retired California superior court judge Ladoris Cordell reacts to the guilty verdict in former president Donald Trump's hush money trial.
Never mind the difference between a low-income defendant and a wealthy one, Michael Cohen's former attorney Lanny Davis pointed out the potential difference in sentence between his former client and Trump.

I close with the most recent CNN video on the subject, Hear what Mary Trump thinks about her uncle’s potential jail time.

Mary Trump, the niece of former President Donald Trump, weighs in on her uncle’s guilty verdict in the New York hush money trial.
Mary is giving a psychologist's and family member's perspective, not a lawyer's, but I still find it valuable, and not just because she thinks her uncle should go to jail.

That's it for May's blogging. Stay tuned for June, which is Pride Month. I'm going to celebrate with another Randy Rainbow video. Musical comedy!

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