Donald Trump at his civil fraud trial in New York, and the trial judge, New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron.Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images, left. Jeenah Moon-Pool/Getty Images, right.

Trump’s fraud-trial judge declines his ‘nonsensical’ mistrial bid

The judge in former President Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial in New York on Friday denied defense lawyers’ bid for a mistrial, saying it was based on “irrelevant” and “nonsensical” arguments and evidence.

The judge in Trump’s civil fraud trial did not mince words in rejecting a defense mistrial bid.

His decision criticizes Trump’s ‘irrelevant’ and ‘nonsensical’ evidence and arguments.

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The six-page decision came two days after the defense asked that the trial be scuttled on claims that the judge and his principal law clerk were biased against them and that the law clerk was somehow running the trial.

“As I have made clear over the course of this trial, my rulings are mine, and mine alone,” the judge, New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron wrote in the decision.

The decision fact-checked claims that the defense had made against the principal law clerk, Allison Greenfield, an attorney who is running for a judgeship herself and who has taken a vocal role in assisting Engoron from her seat just three feet to the judge’s right.

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