Trump Faces Imminent Payment to E. Jean Carroll Following Judge’s Rejection of Delay Request

A federal judge has denied Donald Trump’s request to delay enforcement of a $83 million jury award against him in the E. Jean Carroll defamation case, giving the former president just three days to raise the cash or post bond.

US District Judge Lewis Kaplan made a ruling against Trump’s attempt to delay the enforcement deadline, as the former president now deals with an even larger amount after a judge’s decision in his Manhattan fraud case. 

This adds to the immense pressure on Trump to secure a suitable bond for his upcoming appeal.

Kaplan pointed out that Trump was solely responsible for the situation.

According to a statement made on Thursday, Mr. Trump’s current situation is a direct consequence of his own delayed actions.

The individual had ample time to sort out his finances after being informed about the potential need to post a bond. However, he chose to delay taking action until well after the jury’s decision. 

The legal and financial challenge arose shortly after Trump successfully eliminated his final major opponent for the Republican presidential nomination, with Nikki Haley withdrawing from the race.

He is facing financial penalties. The pending appeals in the civil cases are currently Trump’s most pressing legal concern. The Supreme Court’s involvement in his January 6 case could potentially delay proceedings until after the election.

Additionally, the status of his criminal prosecution in Georgia is uncertain due to recent revelations about a relationship between Fulton County DA Fani Willis and special prosecutor Nathan Wade.

Trump has been ordered to pay $464 million in penalties and interest in his New York fraud case. His lawyers have only offered to provide less than one quarter of the amount, which Trump seems unable to raise. 

 According to Trump’s legal team, the fine was deemed excessive and harsh, leading a judge to reconsider the lending restrictions. 

The team argued that the high Judgment amount and the blanket prohibition on lending transactions would hinder their ability to secure and post a complete bond, as stated in their filing to Judge Arthur Engoron. 

Trump Defamation Verdict: 30 Days for Appeal Bond

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Former US President Donald Trump, center, greets attendees during a Super Tuesday election night watch party at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, US, on Tuesday, March 5, 2024. Trump notched a series of Republican presidential primary victories on Tuesday as he barrels closer toward his party’s nomination.

 

In the Jan. 26 verdict in the Carroll case, jurors agreed with the individual, a former Elle magazine advice columnist, that Trump had defamed her in June 2019 by denying he had raped her in the mid-1990s in a Bergdorf Goodman department store dressing room in Manhattan.

Kaplan announced the verdict on Feb. 8, and granted Trump 30 days to post a bond or provide cash during his appeal. The appeal is likely to contest the jury’s decision on liability and damages.

Trump attempted to postpone the enforcement of the verdict until the judge made a decision on his motions to dismiss it, which he submitted on Tuesday.

However, the judge pointed out that Trump should have requested a delay sooner, within 25 days of the verdict.

The individual also mentioned that Trump did not demonstrate how he could potentially experience ‘irreparable injury’ if asked to post a bond.

The judge stated that Mr. Trump’s current situation is a consequence of his own procrastination.

Attorneys and a representative for Trump did not respond to requests for comment right away. Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer for Carroll, who is not related to the judge, declined to provide a statement.

Trump’s lawyers refused to post a large bond or any bond at all, arguing against Carroll’s claim that his finances were under pressure.

The individuals stated that Carroll was completely safeguarded and mentioned that a $24.5 million bond would be sufficient to cover any potential risk to her.

Carroll had a different opinion. She described Trump’s finances as unclear, labeled Trump as the ‘least reliable borrower,’ and characterized his request as simply ‘trust me.’

Last month, Trump’s financial situation worsened as the judge ruled against him in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ civil fraud case, ordering him to pay $454.2 million.

He proposed posting a $100 million bond in that situation, but James insisted that any bond should cover the entire judgment.

On February 28, an appeals court judge rejected Trump’s plea to postpone enforcement while the appeal is ongoing.

 

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