NEW YORK (AP) – President Donald Trump’s tweets calling for the death penalty in the Halloween bike path attack that killed eight people could legally be cited as a symptom of widespread government bias.
But experts say it’s unlikely they’ll become a speed bump in the prosecution.
Trump wrote on Twitter late Wednesday that Sayfullo Saipov “SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!” On Thursday, he tweeted that prosecutors “Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY!”
A Fordham Law School professor says judges can weed out bias and will reject any defense claims about it.
Saipov is at a federal lockup. His lawyer, David Patton, says he hopes “everyone lets the judicial process play out.”