New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) received a major blow from the judge overseeing former President Donald Trump's New York civil trial this week.
According to the Washington Examiner, the judge refused a request entered by James to block four expert witnesses in Trump's trial.
James argued that bringing in the four witnesses to testify would be irrelevant based on her argument that the pretrial summary judgment made their testimonies moot.
Judge Arthur Engoron wasn't convinced, however, and stated clearly that the four witnesses would be able to testify.
"I don't want a retrial of this case. I don't want to be reversed," the judge reportedly said according to a Messenger reporter who was in attendance at the trial.
Judge in Trump civil fraud trial allows four witnesses Attorney General James wanted to block
Judge Arthur Engoron said he didn't want the outcome of the trial to get reversed.
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The Examiner noted:
James had asked Engoron to bar testimony from Jason Flemmons, a forensic accounting expert, Steve Witkoff, a New York City real estate investor, Steven Laposa of Laposa Realty Advisors, and David Miller, an expert in insurance issues and underwriting.
The judge didn't make the decision without rules, though. He insisted their testimonies would be "without prejudice to objecting to anything that may be irrelevant."
"James had argued that bringing the four witnesses would be “irrelevant” because Judge Arthur Engoron had issued a partial ruling against the Trump Organization in September...
“I don’t want a retrial of this. I don’t want to be reversed,” Engoron said"
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In other words, the witnesses, who many said could be game-changers in the trial, will need to stay on topic and not get onto other subjects during their testimony.
Engoron also dealt Trump and his lawyers bad news when he rejected the idea of having the case tossed altogether, indicating last week that the trial would resume as scheduled on Monday.
Donald Trump Jr., who has already testified in the trial, will return to the witness stand again this week.
James and her team are working overtime to shut Trump out of New York City, focusing on dismantling his Trump Organization empire.
For his part, Trump has long insisted that James' efforts are political in nature, and simply serve to hamstring his 2024 presidential campaign while enriching her political street credit.
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