On Wednesday, attorneys for former President Donald Trump have filed a motion for a mistrial in the New York civil fraud case because they believe the evidence clearly demonstrates a “tangible and overwhelming” bias against him.
The 30-page motion for mistrial asserts that Judge Arthur Engoron, who has overseen the civil case, engaged in extrajudicial activities by “publicly commenting” during the trial. The motion also alleges the judge’s law clerk, Allison Greenfield, of impermissibly “co-judging” and has demonstrated “extensive, public partisan activities.” The gag orders which were ordered by the judge also barred Trump and members of his staff from publicly discussing these issues.
“Such evidence, coupled with an unprecedented departure from standard judicial procedure, has tainted these proceedings and a mistrial is warranted,” Trump’s attorneys s said. “Specifically, the Court’s own conduct, coupled with the Principal Law Clerk, Allison Greenfield’s (“Principal Law Clerk”) unprecedented role in the trial and extensive, public partisan activities, would cause even a casual observer to question the Court’s partiality.”
“Thus, only the grant of a mistrial can salvage what is left of the rule of law,” the motion stated.
The gag order imposed by Judge Engoron was broken by Trump on Truth Social posts which resulted in a $5,000 and $10,000 fines.
“The gag orders and the enforcement thereof reveal the Court has christened itself camera stellata: judge, jury, and executioner, proceeding sua sponte to act against President Trump in violation of the Constitution, the Judiciary Law, and First Department rules,” Trump’s attorneys believe. “This Star Chamber approach is particularly indefensible when the gag orders actually shield the Court itself from public criticism for perceived bias —one of the most fundamental rights under the First Amendment.”
The Judge’s clerk is on record for donating more than “3,000 to Democrat candidates and organizations in 2022 and over $900 in 2023,” which is allowed for a regular citizen but court staff is only permitted a maximum of $500 during a single year.
Trump testified in court slamming the case as a “political witch hunt” and the entirety of the trial is a sham.