Appeals Court Just Ruled In Trump’s Favor – Letitia James FUMING!

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On Monday, an appeals court reduced the bond amount that former President Donald Trump was required to pay, directing him to pay $175 million over the course of the following ten days.

Previously, Fox News stated that Trump had a deadline of Monday to pay a $454 million bond because New York Attorney General Letitia James had filed civil fraud charges against him.

“The ruling by a five-judge panel of appellate court judges was a crucial and unexpected victory for the former president, potentially staving off a looming financial disaster. Had the court denied his request — and had he failed to obtain the full bond — Mr. Trump risked of losing control over his bank accounts and, eventually, even some of his marquee properties,” the New York Times reported.

“Mr. Trump has 10 days to secure the bond, and two people with knowledge of his finances said he should be able to do so by then,” the outlet added.

Additionally, the appeals court ruled that Trump and his sons are still permitted to operate businesses and obtain loans in New York.

Former President Donald Trump’s law professor Jonathan Turley said last week that Democratic Attorney General Letitia James of New York was “not likely” to seize any of the properties he owns.

James filed judgments against Trump and others on Friday in Westchester County, New York, where Trump owns the Trump National Golf Club Westchester and a private residence in Seven Springs.

Turley said she had underestimated how much more difficulty James would have in obtaining ownership of the houses.

“These properties are partnerships, they have leveraged debt. All of that has to be unraveled,” Turley told Fox Business host Larry Kudlow.

“So these aren’t just this, you know, one to one Trump versus James type of equation. So in order to seize that property, she’s going to be pulled into court, there’s going to be challenges. It’s not going to happen overnight. Everyone is celebrating this idea that she’s going to padlock Trump Tower. It’s not likely to happen, and it’s certainly not likely to remain very long,” Turley explained.

Turley said that the damages could be lowered by appellate courts.

“There is an issue here of the Eighth Amendment. There’s also an issue of due process. In addition to that line of cases, which is rather thin, so this is going to be new ground for the courts to deal with, so this is sort of unsettled,” Turley said.

However, the issue of due process also exists. Turley said, “On rare occasions, the Supreme Court has intervened in state cases and declared that the amount of damages awarded is so excessive that it goes against due process.

Turley continued, “But there’s also the due process question. The court – the Supreme Court has on rare occasion stepped into state cases and said this is such a sort of over-the-top damage figure that it violates due process.”

“New York is unique, I think, in this case, because they have made even the bond confiscatory, so, it’s not just the damages, but the bond rule that seem to be punitive and it’s certainly the use by James and this judge,” Turley added. “So those are going to be viable challenges, and it could go all the way to the Supreme Court.”

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Jonathan Turley Dismisses Letitia James’s Proposals To Take Title To Trump’s Property
The former president is having trouble posting a bail totaling more than $450 million to pay the verdict in a civil fraud case granted by New York Judge Arthur Engoron, according to a statement made by Trump’s attorneys last week.

The merger between Digital World Acquisition Corporation (DWAC) and Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG), which will benefit Trump to the tune of at least $3 billion, was authorized by DWAC shareholders on Friday.

Don Peebles, a prominent real estate tycoon from Florida and a previous top bundler for both President Barack Obama and the then-candidate, has also voiced his opinions to AG James regarding her civil fraud lawsuit against Trump.

Peebles claimed that James’ lawsuit “should never have been brought” and called Trump’s real estate transactions with New York banks a “victimless crime” in an interview with Fox News.

Peebles told host Neil Cavuto, “Had it not been [Trump], it wouldn’t have been brought because there’s never been a case like this before.” That, in my opinion, explains why Trump’s popularity ratings keep rising. He is being turned into a martyr by them.

Peebles, who is still a significant financier for the Democratic Party, continued, “This case amplifies that it’s very difficult to do business in New York, and if you happen to be a wealthy, successful entrepreneur, watch out because the government can be used to weaponize [against] you, especially if you get out of line and do something that the far-left doesn’t like.”

He went on, “They won’t think twice to interfere with your business or, worse, put you in jail.”

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Trump needs to raise a $454 million bail by Monday, March 25, in order to even file an appeal of the decision, which many legal experts believe is absurd.

Pollster Frank Luntz issued a warning, stating that Trump’s chances of winning in 2024 could rise if James seizes his assets, as she intends to do if he is unable to pay the bail.

“I want you to remember this moment and don’t forget it. If the New York Attorney General starts to take his homes away, starts to seize his assets, it’s all going to be on camera. Pundits are going to sit there and scream about this, this man cannot be elected. You’re going to create the greatest victimhood of 2024 and you’re going to elect Donald Trump,” Luntz told CNN’s John Berman on Thursday.

“If they take his stuff, he’s going to say that this is proof that the federal government and the establishment and the swamp in Washington and all the politicians across the country and the attorneys generals and all of this, that this is a conspiracy to deny him the presidency. He’s going to go up in the polls just like he went up every single time they indicted him,” Luntz added.

He continued: “The indictment, let’s not talk about whether it’s justified or not, but it will prove the things that he’s saying on the campaign trail, and he will go up, and it may just elect him president. Do not forget that. And I say this to the attorney general right now, if you play politics on this, this is what the secretaries of state did in Colorado and what they did in, I believe, in Maine. His numbers went up in both states.”

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