On Tuesday, May 14, 2024, Newsweek reported that some Florida residents had criticized federal judge Aileen Cannon’s handling of the classified documents trial against former President Donald Trump.

Cannon, who was nominated to the bench by Trump in 2020, is overseeing the trial into whether Trump mishandled classified documents that he took with him to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, after leaving the White House in January 2021. However, the judge indefinitely suspended the start of the trial while other related legal matters were addressed.

This decision has sparked widespread condemnation from legal experts, who allege Cannon has demonstrated bias towards Trump in her rulings. According to the report, some local readers have now joined in voicing concerns about the judge’s impartiality through letters to the Palm Beach Post newspaper.

Royal Palm Beach resident Richard Briant argued in his letter that Cannon appears aimed to aid Trump’s chances in the November presidential election by postponing the trial’s beginning. Briant stated this outcome was “always in the cards” considering Cannon’s appointment by the former president. He further expressed surprise the judge has yet to be removed from the case.

Another Palm Beach area resident, Harriet Pashman from Jupiter, penned a letter of her own insisting the classified documents matter requires a judge with more applicable experience than Cannon. Pashman pointed out the Fort Pierce-based jurist generally does not preside over criminal cases involving federal records.

She urged Cannon be recused, and the case be handed to a different judge from a larger South Florida judicial district who could better handle such a high-profile matter. Both readers joined legal observers in raising the prospect history may not view Cannon’s management of the Trump trial favorably.



Source: Newsweek