"Your honor, may it please the court to learn that my client was desperately trying to save his marriage with these illegal payoffs."
I guess there might be another "billionaire" in the jury pool who will sympathize.
Devil's in the detail and there's a lot of detail we don't know yet. What did Pecker testify to in his conversation with Trump? Did Trump leave any written instructions to Cohen that will surface in discovery? My guess is that intent is going to be a walk in the park for Bragg and that Bragg wouldn't be doing this if he didn't already have intent nailed down in his evidence trove.
Paragraph 19 in the statement of facts is fairly revealing about motive -- and it's not to keep Melania happy.
Perhaps he is the teflon Don in this case.Original Post Deleted
The other grand jury cases may have firmer grounds with the phone call recording in Georgia and the security camera footage in the looted top secret document case.