The inevitable has happened in New York.
Donald Trump’s legal team has filed for a mistrial in the fraud case brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James.
The motion cites “tainted” proceedings and “overwhelming” bias on the part of Judge Engoron.
You guys no I never pull punches, and I have been highly critical of Trump in the past, but I firmly believe he has the court dead to rights in this case.
The fact that Engoron issued a partial judgment summary before hearing from the Defense and accepted what were clearly lowball valuations of Trump’s properties did it for me.
It took me about 15 minutes to find at least a dozen properties for sale in the same county that were about 10% of the size of Mar-a-Lago and were going for at least double the highest valuation given for that property.
The numbers presented by the Attorney General’s office just don’t make sense.
Add in some of the comments made by Engoron, specifically about him not wanting his ruling reversed, it seems pretty clear to me that he is just going through the motions before delivering the eventual decision in favor of James’ office.
To that point, the filing stated, “In this case, the evidence of apparent and actual bias is tangible and overwhelming.
“Such evidence, coupled with an unprecedented departure from standard judicial procedure, has tainted these proceedings and a mistrial is warranted.”
It was also revealed that prior to the start of the trial, Engoron was sending articles to the Wheatley School alumni newsletter.
The motion stated that the articles were “…disparaging parties and counsel, including Eric Trump, President Trump, Ms. Habba … and covering his own decisions, in derogation.”
Letitia James responded, “Once again, Donald Trump is trying to dismiss the truth and the facts, but the numbers and evidence don’t lie.
“Donald Trump is now being held accountable for the years of fraud he committed and the incredible ways he lied to enrich himself and his family. He can keep trying to distract from his fraud, but the truth always comes out.”
I doubt the mistrial will be granted at this stage, but I clearly believe that Trump has a very strong case for appeal.
He needs to lick his wounds now and dig in for the appeals process because that is the only place he will see victory in this fraud case.