Trump scores huge court victory in New York

 March 25, 2024

A New York appeals court has pumped the brakes on Democratic attorney general Letitia James' effort to seize Donald Trump's property.

Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, was facing a Monday deadline to pay a staggering $500 million bond, but the state appeals court jumped in at the 11th hour and lowered the bond.

Trump immediately confirmed that he would pay the reduced bond amount, which would block James from collecting the judgment while he appeals.

The court gave Trump 10 days to pay a smaller bond of $175 million, which is closer to the $100 million figure Trump requested previously.

Trump's huge 11th hour win

The ruling left James grasping at straws to reassure her partisan backers that Trump would be held "accountable."

"The court has already found that he engaged in years of fraud to falsely inflate his net worth and unjustly enrich himself, his family, and his organization. The $464 million judgment — plus interest — against Donald Trump and the other defendants still stands," she said.

The anticipation of Trump losing some of his iconic property became an appetizing prospect for his enemies on the left, and would have been a significant triumph for James, who campaigned years ago on a pledge to go after Trump.

Trump said the ruling Monday destroyed the credibility of James and Arthur Engoron, the trial judge who imposed the judgment.

"This also shows how ridiculous and outrageous Engoron's original decision was at $450 Million," Trump said.

Hush money trial date set

The ruling from the Appellate Division also froze a three-year ban on Trump operating business in the state.

All in all, the ruling was a huge win for Trump, and a good sign that Engoron's draconian verdict will be overturned on appeal at least in part.

Trump's victory was dampened somewhat when the judge in his criminal hush money case rejected requests from Trump's lawyers to delay the trial further over alleged prosecutorial misconduct.

The judge ordered the trial to start on April 15, making it the first - and possibly only - criminal trial he will face before the election.

The case is one of four that Trump is facing ahead of his rematch against Joe Biden, whom Trump accuses of orchestrating a political witch hunt.

"I would have no problem testifying," Trump said Monday. "I didn't do anything wrong."

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