Feb 22, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Judge rejects Trump's request for delay in enforcement of civil fraud penalties

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Former President Trump on Feb. 20 in Greenville, South Carolina. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

New York Judge Arthur Engoron rejected a request from former President Trump's attorneys to postpone enforcement of a $355 million fine he owes in the civil fraud trial over his business practices, per court filings.

Why it matters: The GOP presidential frontrunner has been seeking to get delays and mistrials in various court cases, with the latest dealing him a massive financial blow after he was recently ordered to pay $83.3 million in a separate trial.

State of play: Attorneys for Trump and his co-defendants argued that New York Attorney General Letitia James should have notified them before submitting a draft proposal on Tuesday for 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.
  • "You have failed to explain, much less justify, any basis for a stay," Engoron wrote in an email Thursday to Trump's attorney Clifford S. Robert.

Catch up quick: Trump has said he'll appeal Engoron's judgment that included a penalty totaling $364 million against him, his companies and his co-defendants, which included his two elder sons.

  • Under the judgment, the defendants face a statutory interest rate of 9%.
  • The order also bars Trump from running a business as an officer or director in New York for three years.

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