Juan Merchan is a judge who oversaw the fraud case against the Trump organization the previous year. Since Former President Donald Trump was indicted on Thursday, he is expected to appear for arraignment on Tuesday.
As the trials get more intense, the public is very much eager to know about the fate of the former president. Here’s all you need to know about Juan Manuel Merchan, Acting Justice, New York State Supreme Court.
Who Is Juan Manuel Merchan?
Juan Merchan is an acting justice at the New York County Supreme Court, 1st Judicial District of New York. Merchan was designated to this position in 2009, and till then, he has been working at the Bronx County Family Court.
He started his career as a lawyer in 1994 at the Trial Division of the New York County District Attorney’s Office. And continued in the post for about four years till 1998. After this, he joined the Investigations Division of the New York County District Attorney’s Office and served there until 1999 for about a year.
In 1999 he was appointed as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General in-Charge Nassau County Region. Later, he was designated as Assistant Attorney General in-Charge of Affirmative Litigation for Nassau and Suffolk counties in 2001. By 2003, he became the Assistant Attorney General in-Charge Nassau County Region and served there until 2006.
Juan Merchan took over the post of judge in 2006 and served at the Bronx County Family Court for about a decade. At the same time, he was appointed as a judge for the New York Court of Claims. Furthermore, he served as the Acting Justice at the New York County Supreme Court, Criminal Term.
Merchan attended the Baruch College, City University of New York, in 1990 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration-Marketing Management. Later he attended Hofstra University School of Law and graduated with his J.D. degree in 1994.
As said above, he started his career as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan and has around sixteen years of experience. Born in Bogotá, Colombia, his family relocated to the United States when he was six. Later, he grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens.
How Is Juan Merchan Connected To Donald Trump-stormy Daniels’s Hush Money Case?
On 30 March 2023, Manhattan grand jury indicted Former President Donald Trump. The action was taken after the court investigated the hush money payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels.
With this, Trump became the First U.S. president in history to be indicted on criminal charges. Earlier last year, Juan Merchan, acting justice at the New York County Supreme Court, has already overseen the fraud case against the Trump Organization.
And the former president, who was indicted on Thursday, will be appearing on Tuesday for arraignment before Judge Juan Merchan.
Previously, Merchan oversaw the trials of Allen Weisselberg, the former chief financial officer of the Trump Organization. During the trials, he pleaded guilty to 15 counts and even testified against his employer.
Weisselberg even stated that he was also included in a scheme to defraud federal, state, and city tax authorities. After the trials, he was sentenced to five months of imprisonment.