New York Judge Juan Merchan sent a letter to all parties involved in former President Donald Trump’s hush money case on Friday, notifying them of a comment on the court system’s Facebook page that seemed to suggest knowledge of the verdict the day before it was announced.

Judge Juan Merchan informed the Trump defense that a comment on the court's Facebook page suggested knowledge of the verdict the day before it was announced.
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

“Today, the Court became aware of a comment that was posted on the Unified Court System’s public Facebook page and which I now bring to your attention,” Merchan wrote in the letter to Trump attorney Todd Blanche and Assistant District Attorney Joshua Steinglass.

“My cousin is a juror and said Trump is getting convicted,” read the post in question, attributed to user “Michael Anderson.” “Thank you folks for all your hard work!!!!”

Per Fox News, the “Michael Anderson” account has little information available, but the user identifies themselves as “Transabled & a professional s**t poster.”

According to the judge, the comment in question was made below a May 29th post from the Fourth Department of the Appellate Division regarding a subject unconnected to the Trump case. Both the court’s post and the questionable comment now appear to have been deleted.

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Jurors in former President Trump’s criminal hush money trial deliberated for two days before returning a guilty verdict on all 34 counts of the indictment. If the Facebook post is genuine, it could indicate significant bias within the jury as well as a possible leak in the deliberation room. If a juror did in fact reveal the decision to convict to a cousin the day before the verdict was handed down, Judge Merchan would likely have to declare a mistrial.

While it remains to be seen whether this could grant the Trump defense grounds for overturning the verdict, “mistrial” began trending on social media almost immediately.

In response to the letter, the Trump defense team said they are “investigating” the matter.

The full letter from Judge Merchan can be read below:





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