Former President Donald Trump has suffered a significant legal setback as an appeals court in New York denied his request to pause the ongoing $250 million civil fraud trial.
According to CNBC on Friday, October 6, 2023, this decision came just a week after the presiding judge, New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron, found Trump liable for fraud and ordered the dissolution of his business holdings in the state.
The denial of Trump’s request for a pause in the proceedings followed his unexpected move to drop a lawsuit he had filed against Judge Engoron just a day prior.
Trump’s initial lawsuit against the judge, filed in mid-September, was a desperate attempt to halt the civil fraud case brought against him and his business holdings by New York Attorney General Letitia James last year.
With the trial well underway and the judge’s ruling already against him, Trump’s lawsuit against Judge Engoron became obsolete, leaving his appellate hopes dashed.
The former president had filed an appeal seeking to overturn Engoron’s finding that he, along with several others associated with the Trump Organization, had committed serial fraud over several years.
The appeal also challenged Engoron’s ruling that barred Trump from doing business in the state.
In response to Engoron’s decision, Trump had vehemently criticized the ruling, labeling it a “miscarriage of justice” that would irreparably harm him and those dependent on Trump Organization entities.
Trump’s legal team argued that the order to dissolve his businesses in New York, “without trial and without reason,” made it impossible for these businesses to operate lawfully.
Christopher Kise, one of Trump’s attorneys in the civil case, expressed strong disagreement with the court’s decision, calling it a “massive error” and claiming that it would create fear among defendants in other cases, as they might face similar outcomes.
The civil fraud trial against Trump in New York is ongoing, with the court now focusing on determining whether Trump should face fines for his fraudulent activities.
These fines, if imposed, are expected to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Despite Trump’s efforts to dismiss the New York case altogether, he has faced continuous legal challenges.
He is being represented in New York by a legal team comprising attorneys Clifford Robert, Michael Madaio, and Michael Farina.