Donald Trump’s indictment means even though he is the first former President of the United States be accused of a crimehe is treated, at least to some extent, like any other criminal justice defendant.
If arrested, Trump will be read aloud of his rights, known as the Miranda Warning, including his right to remain silent, the right to an attorney and that what he says can be used against him in court.
Then Trump will be taken into custody and treated like any other defendant, including a booking number, former prosecutors and law enforcement officials told USA TODAY. “A mug shot, fingerprints and a lot of paperwork are still filled out as part of the booking process,” former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner said, along with other defendants.
To underscore the unprecedented nature of the case, given such lifetime protections are afforded to former presidents, Trump is expected to be escorted through the process by his Secret Service detail.
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Manhattan DAs confirmed late Thursday that Trump’s attorneys had been notified. “Tonight we contacted Mr. Trump’s attorney to coordinate his surrender … for indictment on a Supreme Court indictment that remains classified,” said a spokesman for the District Attorney Alvin Bragg. “Guidance will be given in selecting the date of indictment.”
Taking Trump to court might be a different matter altogether.
Given his particular stature, Trump’s first appearance could be a relatively quiet event, with prosecutors and police going to extra lengths to protect him from the kind of “perp walk” that authorities sometimes force other defendants to perform. That means a march – often in handcuffs – past the New York media crowds. In some cases, some defendants have chosen to be detained in this way in order to testify about their arrest and the charges against them.
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Trump’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, said the former president is expected in New York early next week for his arraignment.
“It’s safe to say it’s going to be a complete circus, and that’s an understatement,” predicted Matt Dallek, a presidential historian. “I doubt they will handcuff him.
Contribution: Kevin Johnson
Josh Meyer is Inside Security Correspondent for USA TODAY. Follow him on Twitter at @joshmeyerdc
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