The lawyer who defended Trump in the first indictment says he has “no idea” what the new lawyer is doing


Bruce L. Castor Jr. speaks on the Senate floor. Senate TV

Former President Trump’s attorneys are now debating the Senate floor against the constitutionality of the prosecution process.

The attorneys who have signed the leadership of Trump’s defense defense team have curious experience. David Schoen, an experienced civil and criminal attorney, and Bruce L. Castor, Jr., a well-known attorney, and a Montgomery County attorney in Pennsylvania will defend him at trial.

The lawyers, who were both curious about their legal careers, joined Trump’s team a day after five defense members left and virtually collapsed.

It is the job of Trump’s attorneys to develop a defense strategy for a former president who is charged with inciting a deadly uprising in the U.S. Capitol, which, if convicted, could also result in him never being able to hold a federal office again.

For Schoen, whose website says he “focuses primarily on hearing complex civil and criminal proceedings before the trial and appellate courts,” Trump is just the latest controversial figure he’s brought to in his career in recent years.

Schoen was on the team of lawyers who represented Roger Stone, Trump’s longtime friend and former adviser, in his appeal, in which he followed his convictions about the issues that brought Stone before the jury. Stone dismissed this appeal after the then president changed his prison sentence, but before Stone received full presidential pardon for his convictions, he lied to Congress, among other things, to defend Trump.

According to his biography, Schoen, who holds a law degree and a doctorate in law from Columbia University, is chairman of the Criminal Justice Subcommittee of the Civil Attorney Committee of the American Bar Association.

Castor, meanwhile, served as a district attorney for Montgomery County from 2000 to 2008 and then held two office positions as county commissioner, Trump’s office said in a statement.

He was involved in at least one high-profile case as a district attorney when he dismissed Bill Cosby’s indictment in 2005 after Andrea Constand reported that the actor had improperly touched him at his Montgomery County home, citing “insufficiently credible and admissible evidence.”

Cosby was later prosecuted and convicted in 2018 for Constand’s drug use and sexual abuse in 2004, despite Castor arguing at a preliminary hearing that he had already ordered the state not to prosecute the actor.

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