Trump Lawyer Claims Conviction Will Be Overturned In NY Fraud Case

By Robert Cunningham, updated on February 19, 2024

In an unprecedented legal battle, a former U.S. president faces a staggering financial penalty.

Judge Arthur Engoron has delivered a consequential blow to Donald Trump, imposing a nearly $355 million fine for fraudulent practices.

The civil fraud trial and its outcome, criticized by Trump's lawyer Habba as politically motivated, underline a broader contest over the accountability of high-profile figures, with Habba vowing to fight vigorously for Trump's vindication on.

Trump's Attorney Decries Ruling as Unjust

In a high-profile case that has captured national attention, former President Donald Trump has been ordered by Judge Arthur Engoron to pay nearly $355 million in penalties. This decision follows a finding of liability for fraud related to his business practices, specifically the manipulation of asset values to gain tax and insurance benefits. Engoron's ruling marks a significant chapter in the ongoing scrutiny of Trump's financial dealings.

Alina Habba, Trump's staunch defender and lawyer, has vocally criticized the ruling. On Fox News's "Hannity," Habba declared an unwavering commitment to overturn the judgment, insisting on Trump's innocence and vowing a relentless fight. The legal representative also condemned the ruling in a statement to The Hill, calling it a "manifest injustice" and part of a politically charged mission against the former president.

New York Attorney General Asserts Justice Served

The lawsuit, initiated by New York Attorney General Letitia James, accused the former president of inflating and deflating the value of his assets for financial gain. James has heralded the verdict as a landmark victory for the rule of law and legal accountability. She emphasizes that this ruling sends a clear message that no individual, regardless of their status, is exempt from the law.

Letitia James's response to the ruling was powerful and unequivocal.

A tremendous victory for this state, this nation and for everyone who believes that we must all play by the same rules — even former presidents. Now, Donald Trump is finally facing accountability for his lying, cheating and staggering fraud. Because no matter how big, rich or powerful you think you are, no one is above the law.

Broader Implications of Trump's Financial Scrutiny

The civil fraud trial and its outcome occur against a backdrop of broader legal challenges and political discourse concerning the accountability of high-profile figures. Trump's lawyer, Habba, has been unwavering in her criticism of the legal process, suggesting political motivations behind the lawsuit and the ruling. She insists that Trump will not accept the verdict lying down and suggests that broader political forces are at play.

In her appearance on "Hannity," Habba passionately defended Trump and criticized those she believes are attacking him. She expressed a strong message of defiance aimed at those she views as the orchestrators of a politically motivated attack.

They will not get away with it. We will come at them, we will come hard, and we will literally fight until the truth comes out. There was nothing wrong. President Trump has done nothing wrong.


The recent penalty ruling against Donald Trump has sparked a fierce debate. Judge Arthur Engoron's order for Trump to pay nearly $355 million in penalties is seen by New York Attorney General Letitia James as a victory for the rule of law. Trump's lawyer, Alina Habba, fiercely criticizes the ruling on both legal and political grounds. The case against Trump has broader implications for legal accountability and the scrutiny of the business practices of public figures. Both sides of the political spectrum are closely watching as Trump's legal team prepares to challenge the ruling, a scenario that will undoubtedly continue to unfold in the public eye.

About Robert Cunningham

With years of experience at the forefront of political commentary, Robert Cunningham brings a blend of sharp wit and deep insight to his analysis of American principles at the Capitalism Institute.

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