The legal battle of former US President Donald Trump is unlikely to end soon and could go even beyond the 2024 presidential elections, a leading Indian-American attorney has said. Ravi Batra said that a presidential pardon also cannot be applied in this case given Trump was charged by the state of New York and only a state governor can pardon state crimes.
Trump, 76, was arraigned in a criminal case in New York which involved falsifying business records in connection with USD 1,30,000 payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels before the US presidential election in 2016. He pleaded not guilty to 34 criminal charges before State Supreme Court Justice Juan M Merchan.
Batra said Trump’s legal woes may affect his political future and advised that anyone facing criminal cases needed to give their proper obedience to the rule of law. He also noted that considering New York is a Democratic bastion, the possibility of him being pardoned by the New York Governor is next to impossible.
Moreover, Batra highlighted that normal procedures were not followed during the surrender and arraignment of Trump in a New York court. He observed that the former President was not handcuffed or made to take a mugshot due to the protection he received from the Secret Service.
Ravi Batra is a prominent Indian-American attorney based in New York. He has more than 30 years of experience as a successful commercial litigator, receiving nationwide recognition for his innovative legal thinking and success in jury verdicts and settlements. Batra currently practices in federal and state trial and appellate courts and in arbitration proceedings across the United States.
The law firm he founded, BatraKumar PC, works on a wide range of civil litigation cases from bankruptcy, commercial and contract issues, business divorces, professional malpractice, employment to real estate. With offices in Long Island and Midtown Manhattan, the company currently has more than 50 years of cumulative experience among its attorneys in civil litigation.