On Friday, March 8, 2024, Newsweek reported that legal commentator David Lat said Judge Aileen Cannon, who is overseeing the criminal case against former President Donald Trump regarding documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate, is “on thin ice” and risks being removed from the case if she makes any other errors in her handling of the matter.

Lat, speaking on the Preet Bharara podcast “Stay Tuned,” expressed his view that Cannon, a Trump appointee, has so far made some controversial decisions in the high-profile case that have benefited the former president. He classified Cannon as currently being in a “probation” status with the 11th Circuit due to these decisions. Specifically, Lat referred to an order Cannon issued early on that prohibited the U.S. government from reviewing documents seized for investigative purposes.

If Cannon makes another mistake of overstepping her role, as some argue she did during the pre-indictment phase, Lat said she could be removed from presiding over the case. However, he noted that rarely does a judge get taken off a case, and it would take repeatedly mishandling issues for the appeals court to take that step.

Most recently, Cannon has drawn scrutiny for accepting amicus briefs arguing the case should be thrown out, though she has discretion to consider outside filings. Trump is facing multiple felony charges related to retaining classified documents after leaving the White House in January 2021 despite turnover demands. If convicted at trial, he could face lengthy prison time. Cannon has been criticized for prior rulings viewed as favoring Trump, including some seen as potentially delaying his May trial date.



Source: Newsweek