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The Irony of The Trump Verdict: What Goes Around Comes Around

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Felon Donald Trump rails against his conviction for falsifying business records to cover up a sexual encounter with porn star Stormy Daniels.

Donald Trump is now a 34-time felon. His historic conviction occurred in the same courthouse where the Central Park Five were first convicted and later exonerated, a profound and multifaceted irony that reflects a deep historical, social narrative and, perhaps, the promise of a better future.

The juxtaposition speaks volumes about justice, redemption, and the ever-changing dynamics of the American experience.

For those who forgot or are too young to remember, The Central Park Five were Black and Latino teenagers, wrongfully convicted of the brutal assault and rape of a jogger in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. They were convicted based upon coerced confessions, with little or no physical evidence tying them to the crime.

An outraged public and overzealous media contributed to this rush to judgment, which resulted in long prison sentences for all five teens. Cheerleading the public’s outrage was a local real estate mogul named Donald Trump.

In the immediate aftermath of the arrests of Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, and Korey Wise, Trump paid $85,000 for multiple full-page ads in several New York City newspapers calling for the legislature to get tough on crime and reinstate the death penalty.

Trump’s actions and words, effectively calling for the execution of the Central Park Five, fueled a racially charged atmosphere that clearly tainted legal proceedings in the case.  In 2002, DNA evidence and a confession from the actual perpetrator exonerated the five men. Their release highlighted endemic racial bias in the justice system as well as its susceptibility to media influence and public pressure.

The Irony of the Trump Verdict

So, what is the irony of the Trump verdict? On May 30, 2024, approximately 22 years later, former President of the United States, Donald Trump, was convicted of 34 counts of falsifying business records to cover up other crimes.

In a fascinating twist of fate, the man who once vehemently called for five innocent kids to be put to death, will be sentenced on July 11, in the same courthouse and by the same criminal justice system he once sought to influence with his wealth and fame.

The irony lies not only in the physical location of Trump’s trial and future sentencing, but also in the broader themes of justice and accountability. What goes around comes around.

The Central Park Five case speaks to the importance of due process and correcting injustice. The legal system can sometimes be swayed by race, media attention, or societal bias. In one more bit of irony, Trump again tried to use the media, his money, and power to affect the outcome, this time to avoid criminal culpability. As the unanimous verdict demonstrated, he failed, spectacularly.

His conviction reminds us that the criminal justice system must remain impartial, regardless of a defendant’s social or political status. No one is above the law.

This convergence of past and present results in a full-circle moment for the New York City justice system and Trump’s local legacy. The same public figure who leveraged his influence to demand punishment for innocent kids now faces the same legal scrutiny and processes that the Central Park Five faced earlier in this century. 

After attacking the judge, rallying his followers, recruiting members of congress to lie on the courthouse steps, calling the trial a “witch hunt,” railing against a “rigged system,” and blaming his political enemies, Trump’s conviction is a poignant reminder of the importance of justice, truth, and fairness within the legal system.

Congratulations to Alvin Bragg and his talented team of prosecutors.

God bless America.

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Please check out Mark Bello’s latest book, "The Anti-Semite Next Door," an exploration of antisemitism in the context of today's political environment.

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It's the latest in Bello's ripped-from-the-headlines legal thrillers, all available online at Amazon and other major online booksellers. He has quite the hero in Attorney Zachary Blake, who fights for justice on all fronts. His previous books are Betrayal of Faith, Betrayal of Justice, Betrayal in Blue, Betrayal in Black, Betrayal High, Supreme Betrayal, Betrayal at the Border, You Have the Right to Remain Silent, and The Final Steps – A Harbor Springs Cozy Legal Mystery. He’s also written a wonderful children’s book about bullying, “Happy Jack, Sad Jack,” and he's just released "Love Hate Law," a new legal romance novel. For more info, just check










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