Judge Cannon Drops Bombshell After Being Told To Quit

Judge Aileen Cannon, presiding over former President Donald Trump’s classified documents case, chose to remain in charge despite private requests from federal judges for her to step aside. Concerns arose due to her limited trial experience and previous intervention in the criminal investigation favoring Trump, which was later reversed by a conservative appeals court. The requests included one from Southern District of Florida Chief Judge Cecilia Altonaga.

 


 

Cannon has been criticized for her handling of the case, including delaying pretrial motions and putting the trial on hold despite both sides indicating readiness to proceed. This has led to speculation that Trump’s legal team may successfully push to postpone the trial until after the November election. If re-elected, Trump could potentially order the Department of Justice to end the case.

Cannon’s assignment prompted concerns about her capability and perceived bias, given her earlier intervention in the investigation. Lawyers in the Southern District of Florida noted that she has broken with general practice by not delegating some pretrial motions to a more experienced magistrate, such as Judge Bruce Reinhart, who authorized the 2022 FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago to retrieve classified documents from Trump’s residence.

Despite being urged to pass the case to a jurist closer to the Miami courthouse, Cannon, who is the only federal judge in the Fort Pierce courthouse without a classified documents facility at the time, decided to retain the case. A Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility has since been constructed there.

Altonaga’s call emphasized the potential negative perception of Cannon handling the trial due to her previous involvement in the case, during which she appointed a special master to review the seized documents, a decision later reversed by an appeals court.

Cannon’s reluctance to step aside has sparked criticism, with some arguing she is either overwhelmed by the case or supportive of Trump. As a judge appointed by Trump and confirmed by the Senate, she has life tenure and can choose to ignore advice from more experienced jurists.

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