Feb 22, 2024 - Business

Trump seeks delay in enforcement of civil fraud penalties

Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. President Donald Trump departs a pre-trial hearing in a hush-money case at Manhattan Criminal Court on February 15, 2024 in New York City.

Republican presidential candidate former President Trump in New York City earlier this month. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Former President Trump's lawyers on Wednesday asked the New York civil fraud case judge who last week ruled he should pay a $355 million fine to postpone enforcement of the judgment for 30 days.

The big picture: Attorneys for Trump and his co-defendants say New York Attorney General Letitia James should have notified them before submitting a draft proposal on Tuesday for N.Y. Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron to sign, four days after his ruling.

  • Trump and his co-defendants have 30 days from when a judgment is entered to post bond and appeal the ruling.

Details: A letter signed by defense attorney Clifford Robert to Engoron on Wednesday accused James of an "unseemly rush to memorialize" a judgment he said violated "all accepted practice in New York state court" over her proposal.

  • He argued a stay would "allow for an orderly post-Judgment process, particularly given the magnitude" of the ruling and said there were procedural errors, such as addresses and a date.
  • "To deprive Defendants of the opportunity to submit a proposed counter-judgment would be contrary to fundamental fairness and due process," Robert wrote in a separate letter to the judge earlier Wednesday.

Between the lines: "Proposed orders are frequently filed by the parties in legal cases as a matter of course," per legal news site Law & Crime, which noted James' proposed filing was largely a formality and was "constructed out of legal boilerplate."

Where it stands: Trump has said he'll appeal Engoron's judgment that included a penalty totaling $364 million against the Republican primary frontrunner and his co-defendants, which included his two elder sons.

  • Engoron's judgment would ban Trump from running a business as an officer or director in New York for three years and Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. for two years.
  • The defendants also face a statutory interest rate of 9% under the judgment.

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