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Donald Trump during his civil trial for financial fraud in New York, February 15, 2024. (Archive photo)

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Donald Trump's criminal trial scheduled for March 25 in New York in a case of hidden payments to an adult film actress is postponed, a Manhattan judge decided Friday.

The trial in this case is adjourned for 30 days from the date of March 14, when the Manhattan District Attorney gave the green light for the proceedings to be postponed for one month, ruled New York court judge Juan Merchan.

This means that this historic trial – at the end of which Donald Trump in principle faces a prison sentence – could begin in mid-April.

The Supreme Court New York State Criminal Court (Tribunal Court) will meet for a preliminary hearing on March 25 to decide on a new date, according to Judge Merchan's decision.

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Thursday evening, the New York State Prosecutor's Office for the Manhattan jurisdiction led by prosecutor Alvin Bragg said it was open to the idea of ​​a 30-day postponement of the trial after a request for a postponement from the defense.

This offers a new respite to the Republican candidate for the US presidential election next November, whose lawyers are seeking to delay at most the opening of the four criminal trials in which their client is being prosecuted.

In a court document dated Thursday, the Manhattan prosecutor's office #x27;was said to be ready for a trial on March 25 as planned, but without opposing a postponement of up to 30 days to allow the defense to examine new documents submitted to the proceedings.

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