What happened to Trump’s trials in January?

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What happened to Trump’s trials in January?

Election 2024

Sarah D. Wire

February 2, 2024

Former President Trump faces four felony criminal trials and several civil lawsuits in the coming months as he runs for re-election. Are you having trouble keeping up?

These are the most important developments in the trials against Trump in January.

Delays in the DC election subversion case

A three-judge panel took place in Washington early this month


held a hearing on Trump’s claim that he is immune from prosecution on criminal charges he plotted to overturn the outcome of the 2020 election.

Questions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia panel showed the justices were inclined to reject his argument, but what most observers assumed would be a quickly issued opinion has dragged on for weeks. (Trump could still 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 suspended since December and there must be time for both sides to file preliminary motions, objections, poll jurors, etc.

The court

on Thursday

Trump’s federal election interference trial has been taken off the March calendar.

on February 1.

No new date has been stated.

Millions awarded in E. Jean Carroll’s defamation case

In mid-month, a jury heard and decided a second defamation case, brought by longtime advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, and quickly awarded her $83.3 million. That amount is in addition to the five million dollars that a jury awarded her in an initial defamation trial last year

rather this

year in which the jury also found that Trump sexually assaulted Carroll in a Manhattan department store in 1996.

Jurors were asked 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 assault had occurred.

Trump attended much of the trial, unlike the first, even though it was not mandatory. Trump tested just over three minutes after the judge limited what he could say, ruling

the former president

had missed the opportunity to plead his innocence during the first trial.

Trump is appealing both awards.

Awaiting a verdict in the New York fraud case

Trump is awaiting a ruling from Judge Arthur Engoron in a New York civil fraud lawsuit against his company, in which state attorneys are seeking $370 million after he was found liable for habitually overstating his wealth on financial statements he provided to banks, insurance companies and others have provided. to receive more favorable loan terms.

State attorneys are also trying to ban Trump, his eldest 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 non-jury trial, but the expected verdict is expected to detail whether the former president broke other laws and the extent of the punishment.

The trial lasted several months and had several moments of great tension, including two fines from the judge for Trump making unsubstantiated claims about Engoron’s clerk and loud exclamations from Trump, including a long speech during the closing arguments.

Questions arise about the prosecutors in the Georgia election subversion case

Trump faces similar charges for trying to cling to power after losing the 2020 election in Fulton County, Georgia. That case is not on the agenda, but was in the news in January

the month with

allegations from 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 co-defendant Michael Roman has filed a motion to dismiss the charges and remove Willis and special prosecutor Nathan Wade from the case. Trump has joined the filing, and Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee has scheduled a hearing on the case for Feb. 15.

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


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