Supreme Court declines Jack Smith’s gambit on Donald Trump’s immunity claim



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Coup attempt

Fig. 1. Donald Trump booking photograph by Fulton County (Georgia) Sheriff’s Office, August 24, 2023, via New York, August 25, 2023,[1] public domain.

I was assuming the Supreme Court would agree to Jack Smith’s request to expedite a hearing on Donald Trump’s immunity claim. I was wrong. It didn’t.[2]

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Fig. 1. The ruins of a terminal at the Gaza airport. Image by Said Khatib (Agence France-Presse) on September 9, 2018, via the Times of Israel,[3] fair use.

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  1. [1]Margaret Hartmann and Nia Prater, “All the Mug Shots of Donald Trump and His Alleged Co-Conspirators,” New York, August 25, 2023,
  2. [2]Robert Barnes and Perry Stein, “Supreme Court won’t expedite ruling on Trump’s immunity claim,” Washington Post, December 22, 2023,
  3. [3]Agence France-Presse and Times of Israel, “20 years after its opening, destroyed Gaza airport embodies grounded peace hopes,” Times of Israel, September 12, 2018,

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