President Trump took the stand today in his sham New York trial and sparks flew!
One attorney described Trump as having “An absolutely brilliant performance”.
Best they’ve seen in 33 years of practice!
He also made a brilliant tactical move: he demanded a jury.
BREAKING: Trump demands jury, says New York AG has ‘no case’ in heated testimonyhttps://t.co/pK8US5c4m7
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 6, 2023
The right to a trial by jury in a civil case is guaranteed to citizens by the 7th Amendment.
I guess the Judge in this case was sick that day of law school.
While there are some wrinkles to whether or not that would apply here, I suspect it most certainly would and we may have yet another one of these SHAM cases headed to the Supreme Court over this issue!
Oh, and don’t forget — the Supreme Court is now 5-4 in favor of Republicans!
Since I’m not a legal expert, I asked ChatGPT to break it down for us and I thought this was a fascinating summary:
The right to a trial by jury in civil cases at the federal level is protected by the Seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states:
“In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.”
However, the Seventh Amendment has not been fully incorporated against the states. This means that states have some flexibility in how they handle jury trials in civil cases. Most state constitutions also protect the right to a jury trial in civil cases, although the specifics of this right can vary from state to state.
If a state statute were to prevent the right to trial by jury in civil suits altogether, it would likely face significant constitutional challenges, both under that state’s constitution and potentially under the U.S. Constitution, depending on the circumstances. The Supreme Court has applied many of the protections in the Bill of Rights to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process or Equal Protection Clauses, but it has not done so uniformly across all rights.
It’s also worth noting that certain types of civil cases, such as small claims cases, typically do not provide for a jury trial, and this is generally not seen as unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has held that there are some civil cases in which a jury trial is not required, basing this on historical practice and the common law traditions that existed at the time the Seventh Amendment was adopted.
Any attempt by a state to pass legislation that significantly abrids the right to a jury trial in civil cases could be subject to legal challenge and would need to be carefully scrutinized to determine its constitutionality. The outcome of such a challenge would depend on a variety of factors, including the nature of the cases affected by the statute, the language of the state constitution, and precedents set by state and federal courts.
I think Trump wins BIG LEAGUE at the Supreme Court over this issue and the Judge and AG get their behinds handed to them.
Plus the corrupt legislature that would pass something like this.
Here’s more from Fox News on President Trump’s brilliant performance today on the stand:
Former President Trump demanded a jury Monday after his unprecedented time on the stand, calling the civil trial against him and his businesses a “disgrace” and saying New York Attorney General Letitia James has “no case.”
Trump described his forced testimony as “election interference,” while maintaining that his net worth is “far greater” than financial statements during testimony Monday.
The former president and 2024 Republican presidential frontrunner took the stand Monday morning in the non-jury civil trial stemming from Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit against him, his family and his businesses. James alleged Trump defrauded banks and inflated the value of his assets.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing and has repeatedly said his assets were actually undervalued. Trump has repeatedly said his financial statements had disclaimers, requesting that the numbers be evaluated by the banks.
“I think this case is a disgrace,” he said, adding that people are being “murdered” in New York, and James is “watching this case.”
“It’s a disgrace. It is election interference because you want to keep me in court all day long,” Trump said while on the stand, after testifying for more than five hours. “And Judge…I want a jury.”
One of Trump’s attorneys, at the end of the former president’s testimony, said that in “33 years,” they have “never had a witness testify better.”
“An absolutely brilliant performance by President Trump. He’s not backing down. He’s told everyone the facts,” the Trump attorney said. “Now that the American people know what’s going on, maybe something will change.”
James, a Democrat, sued Trump, his children and the Trump Organization last year, alleging he and his company misled banks and others about the value of his assets. James claimed the former president’s children – Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka and Eric – as well as his associates and businesses, committed “numerous acts of fraud and misrepresentation” on their financial statements.
James filed the lawsuit against Trump “under a consumer protection statute that denies the right to a jury,” a Trump spokesperson told Fox News Digital.
“There was never an option to choose a jury trial,” the spokesperson said. “It is unfortunate that a jury won’t be able to hear how absurd the merits of this case are and conclude no wrongdoing ever happened.”
During Trump’s unprecedented testimony Monday, New York Judge Arthur Engoron tried to cut him off from providing lengthy answers to state lawyers’ questioning, and even said: “I don’t want to hear everything he has to say.”
TRUMP UNLOADS ON JUDGE, NYAG FOR TARGETING HIM ‘FOR POLITICAL REASONS’ DURING UNPRECEDENTED TESTIMONY
But Trump defended himself and his businesses while on the stand, and blasted the investigation, lawsuit and non-jury trial.
“We shouldn’t be having a case here because we have a disclaimer clause that every court holds up except this judge,” Trump said, referring to the disclaimers on all of his financial statements and statements of financial condition.
“They’re trying to hurt me — especially her,” Trump said, referring to Attorney General Letitia James. “For political reasons.”
Trump went on to call James a “political hack,” saying she used her investigation and lawsuit against him “to become governor, to become attorney general.” The former president was referring to James’ campaigns, in which she vowed to “get Trump.”
“This is a political witch hunt, and she should be ashamed of herself,” Trump said. “The fraud is her.”
Here’s more from President Trump himself:
BREAKING: President Trump issues a statement outside of New York courtroom:
“This is a case that should have never been brought. It’s a case that should be dismissed immediately. The fraud was on behalf of the court. The court was the fraudster in this case.”
“It’s a… pic.twitter.com/BOOYiuEnOK
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) November 6, 2023
Trump on civil fraud trial: “It’s a scam. And this is a case that should have never been brought, and it’s a case that now should be dismissed.” pic.twitter.com/rl1BCLxcDh
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) November 6, 2023
Our President speaks! pic.twitter.com/YJGLF8RmMh
— DailyNoah.com (@DailyNoahNews) November 6, 2023
The behavior of Judge Engoron was highly inappropriate.
People online were quick to call out this behavior:
Right to confront your accusers? First amendment? Judge Engoron is so corrupt and unethical that he virtually guarantees a reversal of whatever decision comes out of this kangaroo court. pic.twitter.com/FwUAT4AhlS
— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) November 6, 2023
Watch Alina Habba speaking on Judge Engoron here:
President Trump is not receiving a fair trial; that much is clear.
Whether he is found guilty or innocent, Judge Engoron will have to answer for this injustice.
JUST IN: Donald Trump’s attorney Alina Habba says judge Arthur Engoron had an unhinged episode in the court room where he started “slamming” a table.
“You have a right to hire a lawyer who can stand up and stay something when they see something wrong.”
“I was… pic.twitter.com/h1ytdEujBu
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) November 6, 2023