The prosecutor, the ex-president and the ‘zombie’ case that came back to life

March 18, 2023

© Julia Nikhinson/AP Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg exits court on Dec. 6, after a jury found the Trump Organization guilty on all counts in a criminal tax fraud case. It was just weeks into Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s time in office, and he was being assailed on multiple fronts. Whatever Bragg decides on the Trump question will undoubtedly become a defining part of his tenure as district attorney. Days after assuming office, Bragg issued a memo outlining his prosecutorial policy and describing a more lenient approach to certain crimes. This departure spurred another round of public criticism for Bragg, who issued his statement pledging that the Trump investigation was ongoing.