Sunday, February 25, 2024

What happened with Trump’s trials in January

Former President Trump will face four criminal trials and several civil trials in the coming months as he runs for re-election. Having trouble keeping up?

Here are the main developments from Trump’s January trials.

Delays in Washington election subversion case

Earlier this month, a three-judge panel in Washington held a hearing on Trump’s decision. assert that he is immune from prosecution on criminal charges that he conspired to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

Questions from the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Panel noted the judges were inclined to reject his argument, but what most observers thought was a quickly issued advisory dragged on for weeks. (Trump could always ask the full court to rule and then go to the Supreme Court, which would cause even more delays.)

The case, originally scheduled for March 4, has been on hold since December and both sides must have time to file pretrial motions, objections, jurors and more.

The court on Thursday removed Trump’s federal election interference trial from its March schedule. No new date has been indicated.

Millions awarded in E. Jean Carroll

Mid-month, a jury heard and decided a second defamation case brought by longtime columnist E. Jean Carroll and quickly awarded her $83.3 million. This amount is in addition to the $5 million the jury awarded him in an initial defamation trial last year, in which the jury also found that Trump had sexually assaulted Carroll in a Manhattan department store in 1996 .

Jurors had to decide whether Trump should pay Carroll for two statements he made as president after a magazine published excerpts from Carroll’s memoir. Jurors were not asked to reconsider whether the sexual assault had occurred.

Trump attended much of the trial, unlike the first, even though he was not required to. Trump testified for just over three minutes after the judge limited what he could say, ruling that the former president had missed the opportunity to plead his innocence during the first trial.

Trump is appealing both awards.

Awaiting verdict in New York fraud case

Trump awaits a verdict from Judge Arthur Engoron in a New York civil fraud trial against his company, in which state lawyers are seeking $370 million after he was found liable for habitually exaggerating his wealth on the financial statements he provided to banks, insurance companies and others. in order to benefit from more advantageous loan conditions.

State lawyers are also seeking to bar Trump, his older sons and the Trump Organization from doing business in New York, where most of his real estate empire is located.

Engoron has already found Trump liable for fraud in the nonjury trial, but the expected verdict is expected to clarify whether the former president violated other laws and the amount of the penalty.

The trial lasted several months and was marked by several high-tension moments, including two fines imposed by the judge on Trump for his unfounded allegations about Engoron’s secretary and loud exclamations by Trump, including a lengthy speech during the final arguments.

Questions arise about prosecutors in Georgia election subversion case

Trump faces similar charges for trying to stay in power after losing the 2020 election in Fulton County, Georgia. This case was not scheduled but made headlines in January given allegations by one of Trump’s co-defendants that Dist. Atty. Fani Willis had an inappropriate romantic relationship with a special prosecutor she hired for the case.

An attorney for Trump’s co-defendant, Michael Roman, filed a motion to dismiss the indictment and remove Willis and special prosecutor Nathan Wade from the case. Trump joined the suit, and Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee set a hearing in the case for February 15.

Neither Willis nor Wade have responded publicly to the allegations, but are expected to respond in a court filing due before the hearing.

Note: The content and images used in this article is rewritten and sourced from



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Most Trending