Special Counsel Smith considers drastic measures against Judge Cannon in Trump’s Florida case

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As the legal battle over Donald Trump’s classified documents continues in Florida, U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon faces mounting criticism from the legal community. Accusations of bias toward the former president have intensified, particularly after her decision to indefinitely postpone one of Trump’s first criminal trials.

Special Sounsel Smith considers drastic measures against Judge Cannon in Trump's Florida case
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Indefinite Delay Raises Eyebrows

Judge Cannon has granted an additional postponement in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents trial by suspending it indefinitely. This move has cast doubt on the future proceedings of the case and sparked allegations of favoritism. The judge’s decision to halt Trump’s obligation to disclose which classified documents will be discussed in court has been described as a temporary measure without a set end date. Legal experts are concerned that this could lead to an indefinite delay or even a dismissal of the trial.

Legal Maneuvers and Judicial Oversight

Amidst growing skepticism about Judge Cannon’s objectivity, special counsel Jack Smith is reportedly contemplating a rare legal step. In response to potential jury instructions that might suggest Trump had the legal right to take classified documents, Smith has considered invoking a “writ of mandamus.” This drastic measure would appeal directly to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit to remove Judge Cannon from the case, following previous instances where the court overturned some of her decisions.

Salon reports that a writ of mandamus is used in extreme cases where judicial misconduct is believed to compromise the integrity of a case significantly.

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Diverging Opinions on Judicial Removal Strategy

The feasibility of pursuing a writ of mandamus has sparked debate among legal professionals. The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin, as quoted by Salon, views it as “a long shot.” Prosecutors face the challenge of proving there are no alternatives and that they have a “clear and indisputable right to the requested relief,” a high bar that makes the strategy both risky and unlikely to succeed.

In contrast, defense attorney Glenn Danas would opt for immediate action, advocating for the filing of a writ of mandamus “ASAP” due to what he perceives as Judge Cannon’s unusual leniency toward the defense. He noted, “It seems like she’s going out of her way to afford the defendants an extraordinary amount of time and her own judicial resources to get every single thing that they want done in a way that seems unusual.”

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Echoing Rubin’s cautious stance, NYU law professor Stephen Gillers highlighted that mandamus is generally reserved for extreme situations where an appeal is not feasible, yet the trial judge’s decision is evidently incorrect. He stressed that opting for this approach would be a significant risk and is “almost certainly” doomed to fail given the current circumstances.

As the case unfolds, the decisions and strategies employed continue to fuel a broader conversation about the balance of judicial conduct and impartiality in cases with significant political implications.

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