In a new “Mock Trial” debate format, Open to Debate will take on the most important legal questions of our time, with each episode focusing on a high-profile case unfolding in the public square. We’ll translate the art of debate to a high-stakes courtroom case, giving listeners an opportunity to go beyond sensationalized headlines and hear both sides appeal to the jury of public opinion. The first question to be debated in our new format—or, rather, tried— will be “Is Trump Guilty in the January 6th Case?”Hear the prosecution and the defense present arguments that we expect to hear at the actual trial. Each side will then engage directly on the evidence to prove whether or not the President is guilty of conspiracy to defraud the federal government function to collect, count, and certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. Esteemed legal experts will then be invited to cross-examine the arguments for the jury to consider, as John Donvan moderates the case. Attend live to be represented in the virtual jury, participate in the chat, and ask questions in real time.About the TrialAfter the 2020 election and until he left office, former President Trump discredited the election results and claimed there was election fraud leading to President Biden’s win. The January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol is tied to Trump’s claims. Trump has been federally indicted on four charges: “Conspiracy to Defraud the United States,” “Conspiracy to Obstruct an Official Proceeding,” “Obstruction of and Attempt to Obstruct an Official Proceeding,” and “Conspiracy Against Rights.” Those arguing Trump’s innocence say proof is needed that he had planned to commit a crime, that he was acting within the scope of his presidential duties, and he conducted himself under legal advice. Those arguing Trump is guilty say his actions showed criminal intent to defraud the United States, made false claims knowingly, and tried to deceive others into blocking the voting certification. Join us as we debut our first Mock Trial, asking: Is Trump Guilty in the January 6th Case?Attend live to be represented in the virtual jury, participate in the chat, and ask questions in real-time. Reserve your virtual subscriber pass now to enter the courtroom before the program airs for a jury of your peers in early 2024.
Mock Trial: Is Trump Guilty in the January 6th Case?
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