New York Attorney General Asks Judge to Sanction Trump Over ‘Frivolous’ Arguments

New York Attorney General Asks Judge to Sanction Trump Over ‘Frivolous’ Arguments – The Attorney General of the state of New York is pursuing a request for sanctions totaling $20,000 against Donald Trump, his adult sons, additional defendants, and their legal representatives. This action stems from their repetition of “frivolous” claims that had previously been dismissed by the court in a $250 million civil lawsuit concerning the business practices of the Trump family.

In a filing on Tuesday, Andrew Amer, an assistant to Letitia James, the attorney general, noted repeated rejections of arguments deemed “borderline frivolous even the first time defendants made them.” James believes she has comprehended how the defendants, including Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Eric Trump, manipulated both the accuracy of the former president’s financial situation and New York corporate regulations.

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Recently, in documents aimed at resolving the case without going to trial, prosecutors asserted that annually, from 2011 to 2021, Trump exaggerated his net worth by an amount ranging from $812 million to $2.2 billion. The judge has not made a decision regarding this submission. The trial is scheduled for October. 

In the document submitted on Tuesday, an assistant to James also highlighted the judge’s authority to impose financial penalties for behavior that is considered frivolous, either because it lacks legal merit or is pursued to delay the case. In January, when rejecting an attempt by Trump to dismiss the case, Judge Arthur Engoron stated that certain arguments frequently presented by Trump’s legal team were “frivolous.”

But after deploying his Yogi Berra quote, Engoron said that though “sophisticated defense counsel should have known better”, he would not “impose sanctions, which the court believes are unnecessary, having made its point”. James now believes that this point should be supported by the imposition of sanctions.

Engoron has previously imposed sanctions on Trump. In early 2022, the former president was fined $110,000 for failing to meet deadlines in a case. Not all of Trump’s adult children are part of the New York lawsuit. In June of this year, his eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, was removed from the case. This is not the only civil lawsuit Donald Trump is facing. 

He is also involved in a second defamation trial with the writer E. Jean Carroll, who accused him of sexually assaulting her in the 1990s. Trump has already been found liable for defamation and sexual abuse and was ordered to pay approximately $5 million in damages, with the court ruling that he had committed sexual assault.

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In other legal proceedings, Trump is facing a total of 91 criminal charges across four separate indictments. These charges include 34 related to hush-money payments to a porn star, 40 related to the retention of classified information, and four related to attempted election subversion at the federal level, as well as 13 at the state level.

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While denying any wrongdoing, Trump asserts that he is the target of political persecution. This argument appears to resonate with Republican voters, as he enjoys substantial leads in national and key state polls for the next presidential nomination.

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