Judge in Trump NY fraud case claims 'hundreds' of threats

November 26, 2023

The judge in former President Donald Trump's New York fraud case has reportedly received hundreds of threats.

Judge Arthur Engoron, who is overseeing the $250 million case, had the details concerning his threats recently revealed in court.

The filing

"On a daily basis, the judge and his staff are being inundated with hundreds of harassing and threatening phone calls, voicemail messages, and emails, that has resulted in the Judicial Threats Assessment Unit having to constantly reassess and evaluate what security protections to put in place to ensure the safety of the judge and those around him," the filing said.

The filing also said that the threats against the judge and his staff are "considered to be serious and credible and not hypothetical or speculative," it added.

Antisemitic threats?

"Since an appeals court temporarily lifted the gag orders last week, about half of the harassing and disparaging messages to the law clerk have been antisemitic," NBC News reported.

"The pause on Engoron's gag order will remain in place until at least Monday, when Trump’s last filing is due and the appeals court is free to decide the matter," it continued.

The background

"Attorney General Letitia James, who brought the fraud suit, urged earlier Wednesday that the gag order be reinstated as soon as possible, for the safety of everyone involved in the trial," Raw Story reported.

"The fraud suit alleges that the former president and his two adult sons systematically lied about their property values in order to get more favorable loan terms and lower tax bills. Engoron has already ruled against Trump on the merits in summary judgment, leaving the remainder of the trial primarily a question of damages," it noted.

The trial is in addition to Trump's other cases in Florida, Georgia and Washington that include 91 charges against the former president.

The legal challenges have not slowed his comeback bid for president, however, with polls showing him with a large lead over fellow GOP candidates.

The current polls show him in a close battle with President Joe Biden next year in what could be another controversial election involving the two national leaders.

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