Trump Fighting Back Over Insane Judge’s Ruling

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(PartiallyPolitics.com) – Donald Trump is set to challenge the substantial $355 million penalty levied against him in a New York civil fraud case. This move comes after Judge Arthur Engoron, affiliated with the Democratic Party, ruled that Trump, alongside the Trump Organization, its key executives, and Trump’s adult sons, engaged in fraudulent activities, thereby incurring a hefty fine.

Chris Kise, the lead attorney for Trump in this matter, articulated concerns over the legal and constitutional interpretations of ‘fraud’ employed in the case, particularly noting the absence of traditional fraud indicators.

The decision to appeal Engoron’s judgment was previously announced by Trump and his legal team, with plans to bring the case before the Appellate Division, First Judicial Department of New York, as reported by ABC News. Kise confirmed that the appeal would be filed within the stipulated 30-day period allowed by the court, though no specific date was provided.

Greg Germain, a law professor at Syracuse University, explained to Newsweek that Trump’s appeal would likely focus on challenging the authority of New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, to impose sanctions without proving standard elements of fraud. These elements include intent to defraud, factual misrepresentations, victim reliance on these misstatements, and resultant damages.

Germain speculated that Trump’s appeal might argue that for punitive measures related to past actions, all conventional components of fraud must be demonstrated. However, the attorney general’s office is expected to counter that James has the jurisdiction to pursue fraud cases without needing to establish all six fraud criteria.

Judge Engoron’s summary judgment concluded that under specific executive orders, the attorney general need only prove falsity to establish fraud, a point Germain finds contentious, especially regarding the banks’ ‘reasonable reliance’ on Trump’s financial disclosures.

The backdrop to this legal drama involves allegations by James against Trump, his business, and executives, including his eldest sons, accusing them of misleading financial institutions and others by overstating Trump’s wealth. In a trial devoid of a jury last fall, Engoron found Trump guilty of inflating his asset values to secure more advantageous business loans, leading to subsequent hearings to ascertain the financial penalties.

In the wake of Engoron’s verdict, Trump executives Allen Weisselberg and Jeff McConney were prohibited from holding executive positions in any New York-based corporation or entity for three years. Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump were fined over $4 million each and faced a two-year business prohibition in the state.

Kise has accused James and Engoron of attempting to expel Trump from New York’s business landscape, as reported by Newsweek. Trump, who is leading the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, has consistently declared his innocence in this case.

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