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Attorney for crack dealer tried to cite Trump’s attacks on ‘flipping’

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An
attorney for a crack dealer in New York City last week attempted
to cite President Donald Trump’s suggestion “flipping” should be
illegal during closing arguments.

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Brandon/AP


  • An attorney for a crack dealer in New York City last
    week attempted to cite President Donald Trump’s suggestion that
    “flipping” should be illegal during closing arguments before
    being cut off by the judge.
  • “I believe that the president’s opinion of cooperators
    is just as pertinent as anyone else’s opinion about
    cooperators,” the attorney was quoted as saying. 
  • The crack dealer, Jamal “Mally”
    Russell,
    was later convicted on a charge of conspiracy
    to deal crack.
  • The president expressed his opposition to “flipping”
    after his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, implicated
    him in campaign finance violations in a federal
    court. 

An attorney for a crack dealer in New York City last week
attempted to cite President Donald Trump’s suggestion that
“flipping” should be illegal during closing arguments before
being cut off by the judge, the New
York Daily News reported

Kafahni Nkrumah, the attorney for Jamal “Mally” Russell, began to
mention the verdict surrounding Trump’s former campaign chairman,
Paul Manafort, before the judge intervened. 

Nkrumah reportedly later said he intended to reference Trump’s
suggestion that flipping “ought to be illegal” that he had made
on the show “Fox and Friends” earlier that day.

“I believe that the president’s opinion of cooperators is just as
pertinent as anyone else’s opinion about cooperators,” Nkrumah
was quoted as saying.

But US District Judge Gregory Woods did not agree and barred
Nkrumah from continuing with this line of argument.

Woods emphasized that flipping is not illegal and added
that he silenced Nkrumah because he was “concerned about the
confusion” that suggesting otherwise could’ve “wrought” among
members of the jury, according to the Daily News. 

Russell was convicted on a charge of conspiracy to deal crack.

The president’s comments on flipping were in relation to
his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who last week
implicated him in campaign finance violations linked to payments
made to two women who have alleged they had affairs with
Trump.

“If somebody defrauded a bank and he is going to get 10
years in jail or 20 years in jail, but you can say something bad
about Donald Trump and you will go down to two years or three
years, which is the deal he made, in all fairness to him, most
people are going to do that,” Trump told “Fox and Friends.” “And
I have seen it many times. I have had many friends involved in
this stuff. It’s called flipping and it almost ought to be
illegal.”

 

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