Judge Who Ruled Against Trump Under Investigation

Daily Report May 11,2024

Judge Arthur Engoron is reportedly facing an investigation stemming from his trial of former President Donald Trump’s New York Civil Case.

Engoron, who presided over the New York Civil Case brought by New York Democratic Attorney General Letitia James, issued a $454 million judgment against Trump. However, the judge allegedly spoke about the case with another lawyer not related to the case prior to his ruling.

Real estate lawyer Adam Leitman Bailey said he spoke to Engoron a few weeks before the judge made his ruling against the president.

“I actually had the ability to speak to him three weeks ago,” Bailey said in a Feb. 16 interview. “I saw him in the corner [at the courthouse] and I told my client, ‘I need to go.’ And I walked over and we started talking … I wanted him to know what I think and why…I really want him to get it right.”

Bailey, who revealed he offered Engoron advice on how to handle the case, said the judge was interested in what he had to say.

“He had a lot of questions, you know, about certain cases. We went over it,” Bailey said.

Bailey also revealed that he tried to convince Erongon that the fraud statute at issue in the case was not intended to be used to shut down a major company, especially in a case without clear victims.

The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct is investigating the alleged encounter between Bialy and Erongon. According to the Daily Caller, The New York State Rules of Judicial Conduct states that judges cannot “initiate, permit, or consider ex parte communications, or consider other communications made to the judge outside the presence of the parties or their lawyers concerning a pending or impending proceeding,” with some exceptions.

An ex parte communication is a situation where a judge or member of the jury communicates with an outside party in the absence of the pirates involved in the case.

A spokesperson for Erongon has, however, denied any such conversation occurred between the Judge and Bailey.

“No ex parte conversation concerning this matter occurred between Justice Engoron and Mr. Bailey or any other person. The decision Justice Engoron issued February 16 was his alone, was deeply considered, and was wholly uninfluenced by this individual,” a spokesman for Engoron told NBC New York.

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