After Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg announced the indictment of former President Donald Trump, it was leaked that he is facing over 30 counts of felony charges. While the leak may seem like a minor issue, it could actually result in a separate felony charge for either Bragg or a member of the grand jury involved in the case.
Alan Dershowitz, a well-known American lawyer and legal scholar, highlighted the severity of such a leak in a recent interview. He stated that if someone on the grand jury, prosecutor, or grand juror leaked the fact that there was a vote to indict, it would be considered a one to five year class E felony under New York law.
In New York, a class E felony is a serious criminal offense that carries a penalty of imprisonment for up to four years. Examples of class E felonies include identity theft, grand larceny, and assault in the second degree. The exact penalty may vary depending on the specific offense and other circumstances involved in the case.
In a recent interview, Dershowitz said, “In this case, and that is if somebody on the grand jury, prosecutor, grand juror leaked the fact that there was a vote to indict, that is a one to five year class E felony under New York.”
The leak of the details of Trump’s indictment could have far-reaching consequences beyond the possible separate felony charge. For instance, it could impact the outcome of the case by tainting the grand jury proceedings and potentially compromising the integrity of the trial.
Moreover, the leak raises important questions about the confidentiality of grand jury proceedings, which are supposed to be secret to protect the privacy of the individuals involved and ensure a fair trial. If the leak is found to have originated from a member of the grand jury or prosecutor’s office, it would be a serious violation of the law and ethics.