Trump Faces Another Legal Setback as Fraud Ruling Contributes to String of Losses in New York

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Donald Trump’s recent legal defeats in New York have marked an unprecedented losing streak for the former president and his company.

Over the past 14 months, Trump has faced a series of high-profile legal battles in both state and federal courts, resulting in significant financial penalties and criminal indictments.

These defeats have underscored the conclusion by judges and juries that Trump and his company have engaged in illegal behavior over the years.

Despite Trump’s claims of bias and rigged courts in New York, legal experts suggest that the string of losses reflects the strength of the cases against him rather than any inherent bias in the judicial system.

Trump (Credits: The New York Times)

The litany of legal setbacks for Trump in New York includes A Manhattan jury’s guilty verdict against two Trump Organization companies for tax evasion in December 2022.
A New York grand jury’s indictment of Trump on 34 felony counts of falsification of business records in March 2023.

A federal jury’s finding of Trump’s liability for sexual abuse and defamation in a civil lawsuit filed by writer E. Jean Carroll, resulted in a $5 million judgment against him.

A state judge’s ruling holding Trump and his company liable for a decade-long fraud scheme in September 2023.
Another federal jury’s verdict in favor of Carroll, awarding her an additional $83 million in damages for defamation in January.

A state judge’s final ruling ordering Trump to pay $354 million plus nearly $100 million in interest in a civil fraud case. Despite Trump’s repeated claims of unfair treatment in New York, his legal team has faced challenges in convincing courts and juries of his innocence.

Trump’s ongoing criminal trial in New York, scheduled for March 25, represents another significant legal hurdle for the former president.

Throughout these legal battles, Trump has alternately criticized New York’s judicial system and sought to downplay the significance of the cases against him.

However, the mounting financial penalties and criminal indictments underscore the seriousness of the allegations against Trump and his company.

As legal experts and historians note, Trump’s legal woes in New York represent an unprecedented chapter in American history, highlighting the far-reaching consequences of his actions both during and after his presidency.

I'm Richard Rosales, I cover political news and ongoing US elections.