Cesar Sayoc and the potential rise of the “Trump made me do it” legal defense
Sayoc may be the most high-profile defendant to at least partially blame the president’s rhetoric in a court of law. But he’s unlikely to be the last.
We are seeing the emergence of the “Trump made me do it” defense in criminal cases — or at least the “Trump influenced me” mitigation. Trump’s words are having an impact in criminal courtrooms.
wrote about the rise of "Trump made me do it" defenses, tied to Cesar Sayoc.
Today the lawyer for a man accused of assaulting a teen for refusing to take his hat off during the national anthem claims Trump inspired his client, too.
on why we will likely see more of this kind of defense from Trump fans prosecuted for violent crimes