The political prosecution of Thomas Barrack collapses as a federal court jury finds him not guilty of all 9 charges

Thomas Barrack. Photo via The Wall Street Journal

By Robert Willmann

The U.S. Constitution in the Sixth Amendment guarantees the right to a jury trial “in all criminal prosecutions”. Notice that the federal constitution does not give you the right to a jury trial in all civil cases, and limits it in the Seventh Amendment to “Suits at common law”. This difference has opened the door to mischief by Congress and the courts regarding civil lawsuits and proceedings. Exercising his right to a jury trial, Thomas Barrack, now 75 years old, was found not guilty of a nine-count indictment in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn, New York City [1]. During the six-week trial, which ended with the verdict on Friday, 4 November 2022, he testified on the witness stand for several days in his own behalf, even though he could have asserted his right not to. His assistant, Matthew Grimes, was tried at the same time on two of the charges and was also found not guilty.

A friend of Donald Trump, Barrack was an informal advisor and also served as the head of Trump’s inaugural committee. Last year in July 2021, we discussed the case after Barrack was arrested, and I mentioned some of his extensive accomplishments [2]. After the case got underway in court, the original charging document was replaced on 16 May 2022 by a “superseding indictment”. It charged a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) in count 1, and in count 2, it alleged the crime of conspiracy to violate FARA, claiming that he acted as a lobbyist for the United Arab Emirates without registering with the Attorney General. It charged obstruction of justice in count 3, claiming that on or about 20 June 2019, Barrack did corruptly obstruct, influence and impede a federal grand jury investigation in the Eastern District of New York, and also attempted to do so. Counts 4 through 9 alleged that again on 20 June 2019, he made “material” false statements to the FBI.

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5 Responses to The political prosecution of Thomas Barrack collapses as a federal court jury finds him not guilty of all 9 charges

  1. scott s. says:

    As they say, the average person commits three felonies a day.

    • Valuenotfound says:

      I think may be a little benign. I think this was more malignant. Think along the lines of “show me the man and I’ll show you the crime.”

      • Bill Roche says:

        A country which has a two tiered justice system has no justice. Such is America. The dem. party has b/c a wholly socialist party which believes punishment is appropriate for dissent. Thus my insistence on the DOIJ, the FIB, and the CDIA. Imagine a political party which punishes those who “don’t get w/t program”. That is Stalin’s Russia. Democrats loyal to America can not want this for their political party. Can they??

        • Al says:

          BR, the right wing REPUBS sure had a hard time trying to get convictions for lies via Barr’s Spec Prosecution. It goes both ways
          Some seem to be looking at the realities of politics only thru a right eye lens! Try using both your eyes!

  2. cobo says:

    For political crimes that can be covered over throughout a political party’s time in power, I don’t think there should be any “statute of limitations.” The then current representative of “the people,” should be able to clean up any mess any political cabal leaves behind.

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