>>>If the judge grants a directed verdict of acquittal before the case goes to the jury, that’s the end of it. That cannot be appealed.<<< (emphasis added)\n\nIn theory, unless Cannon recuses herself or the appeals court grants a motion to recuse her, she could just declare that Trump is innocent and that would be the end of it. This would surprise me, but almost everything Cannon did in the other Trump case last year surprised me.I would have loved to be able to hear the discussion between Merrick Garland and Jack Smith (and others?) as they decided to pursue this case in a Miami federal court instead of Washington, DC. They had to be aware of Judge Cannon and her past odd ruling about a Special Master for the documents collected by the FBI. That ruling was later over-ruled by an appeals court. But how can Garland & Smith be certain she won't try something else equally odd?