Trump Reportedly Didn’t Have Mugshot Taken at Arraignment

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( – This week, a member of Trump’s legal team, lawyer Joe Tacopina, said that when Trump went to the courthouse for his arraignment on April 4, he did not have a mugshot taken. CBS News reported that former New York City Police Department official Richard Esposito noted that this is very unusual.

This comes just a day before another one of his attorneys claimed that his mugshot needed to remain private and not be released. She added that the release was “not going to help anything” since he is one of the candidates in the presidential election.

Last week, Trump was indicted in the case relating to the hush money payment made to adult film star Stormy Daniels. Following the indictment, Trump traveled to New York on Monday evening so that he could be in the city for his arraignment on April 4 at 2:15 p.m.  When asked about whether cameras were going to be in the courtroom during Trump’s arraignment, one of his attorneys Alina Habba claimed that they were not completely opposed to the idea. However, she did claim that his mugshot needed to remain private as he was running for the White House in 2024.

During an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon on the morning of April 3, she also added that while she liked transparency, there were some situations where they were not a positive thing. She added that she does “have a problem with leaking of pictures,” and that because Trump is the leading GOP candidate having a mugshot released would not “help anything.”

When asked further about it, she claimed that she would not see why the release of the photo would be important or necessary especially as Mugshots are not considered public records under New York state law. The New York Times reported that law enforcement officials get to decide whether or not to take one, and indicated that there were a number of factors that likely went into the decision, including logistics, the recognizability of Trump, and the possibility of leaks.

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