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What Can We Learn From The Guilty Verdict of the 45th President? Can A Convicted Person Run For President?




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Legally, a convicted person can run for President of the United States. The Constitution does not prohibit it, and historical precedent, such as the case of Eugene V. Debs, supports this possibility. However, such a candidacy would have significant practical and political challenges, and state-level regulations might complicate matters further. Nonetheless, the fundamental constitutional criteria remain the governing standard.


Imprisonment and the 1920 Presidential Election:


  • Espionage Act Conviction: Debs was arrested in 1918 under the Espionage Act of 1917. He was convicted for giving a speech in Canton, Ohio, in which he criticized U.S. involvement in World War I and encouraged resistance to the draft. He was sentenced to ten years in prison and disenfranchised for life.


  • Running for President from Prison: Despite his imprisonment, Debs ran for president in the 1920 election as the Socialist Party candidate. His campaign was symbolic of his enduring influence and the strength of his ideals. He campaigned from his cell in the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary.


  • Election Results: In the 1920 election, Debs received 913,664 votes, which amounted to 3.4% of the popular vote. This was a significant number, especially considering his incarceration and the limited reach of his campaign.


Legacy and Impact:


  • Symbol of Resistance: Debs' presidential run from prison became a powerful symbol of resistance against injustice and an illustration of the principles of free speech and political dissent.

  • Pardoned: Debs' sentence was commuted to time served by President Warren G. Harding on Christmas Day in 1921, and he was released from prison.


  • Influence on American Politics: Eugene V. Debs remains an influential figure in American political history. His dedication to socialism and labor rights paved the way for future generations of activists and political leaders.


Eugene V. Debs's 1920 presidential campaign from prison is a remarkable episode in American history. It illustrates the power of conviction and the enduring appeal of his message for social and economic justice. His legacy continues to inspire those committed to fighting for the rights of the working class and advocating for systemic change.


Is Eugene V. Debs and Mr. Trumps Conviction the same?


According to the New York Times "Donald J. Trump was convicted on June 30th 2024 of falsifying records to cover up a sex scandal that threatened to derail his 2016 presidential campaign, capping an extraordinary trial that tested the resilience of the American justice system and will reverberate into November’s election. "


According to CNN — "Jurors have reached a guilty verdict on all of former President Donald Trump’s charges in his hush money criminal trial — 34 felony counts of falsifying business records to cover up a payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election."




Charge

Allegedly falsified document

Verdict

Count 1: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Invoice from Michael Cohen

Guilty

Count 2: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Voucher entry in ledger

Guilty

Count 3: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Voucher entry in ledger

Guilty

Count 4: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Check and stub

Guilty

Count 5: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Invoice from Michael Cohen

Guilty

Count 6: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Voucher entry in ledger

Guilty

Count 7: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Check and stub

Guilty

Count 8: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Invoice from Michael Cohen

Guilty

Count 9: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Voucher entry in ledger

Guilty

Count 10: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Check and stub

Guilty

Count 11: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Invoice from Michael Cohen

Guilty

Count 12: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Voucher entry in ledger

Guilty

Count 13: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Check and stub

Guilty

Count 14: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Invoice from Michael Cohen

Guilty

Count 15: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Voucher entry in ledger

Guilty

Count 16: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Check and stub

Guilty

Count 17: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Invoice from Michael Cohen

Guilty

Count 18: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Voucher entry in ledger

Guilty

Count 19: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Check and stub

Guilty

Count 20: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Invoice from Michael Cohen

Guilty

Count 21: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Voucher entry in ledger

Guilty

Count 22: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Check and stub

Guilty

Count 23: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Invoice from Michael Cohen

Guilty

Count 24: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Voucher entry in ledger

Guilty

Count 25: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Check and stub

Guilty

Count 26: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Invoice from Michael Cohen

Guilty

Count 27: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Voucher entry in ledger

Guilty

Count 28: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Check and stub

Guilty

Count 29: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Invoice from Michael Cohen

Guilty

Count 30: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Voucher entry in ledger

Guilty

Count 31: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Check and stub

Guilty

Count 32: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Invoice from Michael Cohen

Guilty

Count 33: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Voucher entry in ledger

Guilty

Count 34: Falsifying business records in the first degree

Check and stub

Guilty

Source: Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York Table: Annette Choi and Amy O'Kruk, CNN


According to an article by Rebecca Davis O’Brien reporter covering campaign finance and money in U.S. elections for The New York Times. "Robert F. Kennedy Jr., echoing Trump, calls the Manhattan case politically motivated. The independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. criticized the Manhattan district attorney’s prosecution of former President Donald J. Trump shortly after it ended in a conviction on Thursday, describing it as a politically motivated and “profoundly undemocratic” case that would only strengthen Mr. Trump’s support. “The Democratic Party’s strategy is to beat President Trump in the courtroom rather than the ballot box,” Mr. Kennedy said in a statement on X. “This will backfire in November.”



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References:


CNN

New York Times


Citation: Eugene V. Debs and his 1920 presidential campaign from prison, formatted in APA


Jorgensen-Earp, C. R. (1999). Speeches and Trials of Eugene V. Debs. Praeger Publishers.

Lindenmeyer, K. (2000). The Struggle for Justice: The Story of the Life and Work of Eugene Victor Debs. Indiana Historical Society Press.


  • According to Jorgensen-Earp (1999), Eugene V. Debs received nearly a million votes in the 1920 presidential election while campaigning from prison.


  • Debs' significant impact on American labor and socialist movements is well-documented (Lindenmeyer, 2000).





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