The rising concerns about crime in the city’s subways and former President Donald Trump’s legal battle in Manhattan. Both these issues have garnered public attention and sparked debates in recent times.
According to a report by The Hill on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has recently expressed his fear of rising crime in the New York City subway system.
While official NYPD statistics indicate a drop in some criminal activities, the perception of crime among residents remains a cause for concern.
Bragg’s personal admission of concern about his family’s safety on the subway has only added to the public’s perception that crime is on the rise.
Residents’ opinions on the matter are mixed. Some believe that crime in the city, including subway violence, has spiraled out of control.
They recount incidents such as vandalism with baseball bats, highlighting the need for increased safety measures.
However, others argue that the situation depends on the neighborhood and time of day, suggesting that experiences vary widely.
Bragg emphasizes the importance of ongoing long-term investigations and targeted enforcement, indicating that they are seeing positive results from their investigative work.
Still, the disconnect between official statistics and public perception remains a significant challenge for city authorities.
Trump’s Legal Battle. In parallel with these concerns about crime, former President Donald Trump is facing a legal battle in Manhattan.
The charges against him relate to a hush money payment made to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 campaign.
Trump’s legal team has been trying to move the case from a Manhattan courtroom to federal jurisdiction.
During a recent hearing, U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein expressed hesitancy about transferring the case to federal jurisdiction.
He argued that the indictment against Trump did not relate to his actions while in office, making it more suitable for state court.
Trump’s defense contends that the payment was made from personal funds and does not constitute an official act.
One notable move by Trump’s legal team is their filing of a $500 million lawsuit against his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who testified before the Manhattan grand jury that indicted Trump.
Famed Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz believes that this strategic move could benefit Trump’s case and harm Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg.