On Sunday, May 12, 2024, Newsweek reported that attorney and legal analyst Glenn Kirschner heavily criticized Judge Aileen Cannon for indefinitely postponing the trial of former president Donald Trump on charges related to classified documents.

In a YouTube video, Kirschner – a former federal prosecutor – stated that Cannon’s decision to delay the May 20 trial date without resolving several pending pre-trial motions represents “a special kind of governmental insanity.” As the judge overseeing the high-profile case, Cannon has faced increasing scrutiny over her handling of the legal proceedings against Trump.

Trump is facing dozens of felony counts accusing him of illegally keeping classified documents that he took with him after he left the White House in 2021 at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, and then obstructing the government’s efforts to get them back. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and has denied any wrongdoing.

Kirschner argued that Cannon failed to properly manage the pre-trial phase of the case, leaving important issues undecided until it was too late to keep the original trial date. Noting her appointment by Trump in 2020, the legal expert alleged the delay deprived the public of a timely resolution and accused Cannon of “inexcusable neglect” of her duties.

Other commentators have echoed concerns about the effect of Cannon’s decisions. Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse told The Hill it appears she is intentionally slowing the process. Former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance, who previously served as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama under President Barack Obama, also weighed in on the issue. In her Sunday newsletter “Civil Discourse,” Vance asserted that the case could have been prepared for a December or January trial if Judge Cannon had been actively addressing pending motions and establishing realistic scheduling deadlines throughout the pre-trial period.

As the judge continues to face allegations of improper handling of the high-profile proceedings, questions remain over whether the other criminal indictments against Trump – including charges related to hush money payments – will reach trial before nationwide elections in November.

 

 

Source: Newsweek