Judge Allows Donald Trump to Speak Briefly in New York financial fraud Trial, Regrets Decision

Latest in Trump's New York financial fraud trial: Judge allows brief speech, regrets decision. Impact on penalties in civil fraud trial remains uncertain.

Jan 11, 2024 - 17:45
Jan 11, 2024 - 17:47
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Judge Allows Donald Trump to Speak Briefly in New York financial fraud Trial, Regrets Decision
Judge Allows Donald Trump to Speak Briefly in New York financial fraud Trial, Regrets Decision

In the ongoing legal battles involving former President Donald Trump, there's a recent update on his New York financial fraud trial. Judge Arthur Engoron initially refused Trump's request to speak during closing arguments, but he changed his decision the next day, only to quickly regret it.

During the defense's closing statements, Trump's lawyer, Christopher Kise, asked the judge to let Trump address the court, even if it meant not following the judge's guidelines on restricted topics. Engoron directly questioned Trump about sticking to the facts of the case.

Trump, however, went beyond the agreed-upon limits, making statements about being innocent and claiming a political witch hunt against him. He expressed frustration with the judge, accused the New York Attorney General Letitia James of hating him for political gain, and asserted election interference.

Engoron, finding Trump's comments exceeding the boundaries, instructed Kise to control his client. Eventually, after approximately five minutes, the judge cut Trump off, expressing that the situation could have been handled differently.

When the court reconvened after a lunch break, Trump's lawyers were present, but Trump was not. Instead, Trump held a news conference at his property, 40 Wall St., where he repeated similar claims made in court.

The significance lies in Trump's courtroom comments mirroring his statements outside the courtroom. While it was surprising that Engoron allowed Trump to speak during the proceedings, the remarks are unlikely to sway the judge determining penalties in the civil fraud trial.

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