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New York jury finds Trump guilty on all 34 felony counts in hush-money trial

A New York jury found him guilty of falsifying business records in a scheme to illegally influence the 2016 election through hush money payments to...

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Trump hush money trial jurors ask to rehear crucial testimony by Michael Cohen and David Pecker

Trump struck a pessimistic tone after leaving the courtroom following the reading of jury instructions, repeating his assertions of a “very unfair...

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Trump's hush money case heading to jury deliberations after marathon day of closing arguments

The lawyers' dueling accounts, wildly divergent in their assessments of witness credibility, Trump's culpability and the strength of evidence, offered...

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Trump lawyers accuse former fixer Michael Cohen of lying to jury

Whether the defense is successful in undermining Cohen's testimony could determine Trump's fate in the case.

17.05.2024 20

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Trump fixer-turned-foe Michael Cohen’s testimony in hush money trial was pivotal. Here’s what he said

Cohen is expected to be on the witness stand for several days, and face intense grilling by Trump's attorneys.

14.05.2024 50

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What porn actor Stormy Daniels testified in Trump trial over hush money paid to keep her silent

Jurors appeared riveted as Daniels offered a detailed and at times graphic account of the encounter Trump has denied.

08.05.2024 20

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New York judge hits Trump with $1,000 fine for gag order violation in hush money case

The reprimand opened a revelatory day of testimony, as jurors for the first time heard the details of the financial transactions at the center of the...

07.05.2024 40

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Hush money, gag order and catch and kill: A dictionary for Trump’s New York criminal trial

Donald Trump’s New York criminal trial is full of terms you don’t typically hear in a courtroom.

06.05.2024 40

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New York jury hears tape of Trump and Michael Cohen debating how to buy Playboy model’s silence

The second week of testimony in the case will wrap up Friday after jurors heard a potentially crucial piece of evidence: a recording of Trump and...

03.05.2024 30

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‘What have we done?’ Stormy Daniels’ lawyer reveals his 2016 election night epiphany

The attorney Keith Davidson was texting the editor of the National Enquirer on election night. “Oh my god,” came the response as they realized...

02.05.2024 20

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New York's highest court overturns Harvey Weinstein's 2020 rape conviction: 'An abuse of judicial discretion'

The court ordered a new trial for Weinstein, 72, who is serving a 23-year sentence.

25.04.2024 30

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Trump’s ex-CFO Allen Weisselberg will be sentenced for lying under oath in ex-president’s New York civil fraud case

He is expected to be sentenced to five months in jail after pleading guilty last month to two counts of perjury.

10.04.2024 30

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Trump hangs onto New York assets—for now—by posting $175 million bond in civil fraud case

The bond Trump is posting with the court now is essentially a placeholder, meant to guarantee payment if the judgment is upheld.

02.04.2024 10

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Billionaire known for high-interest loans to car buyers with poor credit chairs the insurance group that underwrote Trump's $175 million bond

The bond Trump is posting with the court now is essentially a placeholder.

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Trump says he’s struggling to come up with a bond for his $454m court judgment. Here’s what happens next if he misses the Monday deadline

Trump’s lawyers said freeing up cash by offloading some of Trump’s properties in a “fire sale” would result in massive, irrecoverable losses.

20.03.2024 10

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Trump is struggling to come up with the cash for a bond on his $454 million court judgment, lawyers say

Trump's lawyers wrote that “obtaining an appeal bond in the full amount” of the judgment “is not possible under the circumstances presented."

19.03.2024 30

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Trump's request to halt his $454m fraud penalty while he appeals is denied by New York judge

The judge however granted a stay pausing part of the Feb. 16 verdict that barred Trump, his company and co-defendants from borrowing money from New...

29.02.2024 10

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Trump is prepared to post $100 million bond but not the full $454 million judgment, lawyers say

New York AG Letitia James has said that she will seek to seize some of Trump's assets if he's unable to pay the judgment.

28.02.2024 20

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Trump appeals $454 million civil fraud judgment in New York

Trump maintains that he's worth several billion dollars and testified last year that he had about $400 million in cash. His appeal was expected.

26.02.2024 6

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Trump’s property could be seized if he can’t pay $454 million civil fraud debt, New York AG says

Here's a look at where things stand in the wake of Trump’s costly verdict.

22.02.2024 20

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Inside Donald Trump’s $355M civil fraud verdict and what comes next

The ruling cuts to the core of Trump’s image as a wealthy, shrewd real estate mogul turned political force.

19.02.2024 20

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Trump hit with $364 million civil fraud judgment in New York over yearslong scheme to inflate his wealth

Trump also was barred from serving as an officer or director of any New York corporation for three years.

16.02.2024 20

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#MeToo undone? Top New York court considers overturning Harvey Weinstein's 2020 rape conviction

He would remain locked up because of his California conviction.

15.02.2024 8

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Trump threatened with ejection from courtroom over loud remarks—‘it is a witch hunt’—as E. Jean Carroll testifies

Judge Lewis A. Kaplan told the former president that his right to be present at the trial will be revoked if he remains disruptive.

18.01.2024 6

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Donald Trump has to pay The New York Times $400,000 in legal fees over their story about his wealth and taxes

The story won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018.

13.01.2024 20

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Trump defies judge with 6-minute courtroom speech on tense final day of New York civil fraud trial: ‘I’m being persecuted by someone running for office’

Judge Arthur Engoron let him continue almost uninterrupted for what amounted to a brief personal summation, then cut him off for a scheduled lunch...

12.01.2024 8

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‘King of the NRA’ Wayne LaPierre’s lavish spending at center of New York civil trial into whether executives violated nonprofit laws at gun group

LaPierre’s methods as the NRA's chief executive officer allowed him to operate the powerful gun rights organization “as Wayne’s World for...

09.01.2024 10

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NRA chief LaPierre announces resignation days before trial accusing him of corruption

New York AG Letitia James said the resignation “validates our claims against him" and confirmed that the trial will go on as scheduled.

06.01.2024 10

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Rudy Giuliani, worth less than $10 million and facing a $148 million defamation judgment, files for bankruptcy

The man once known as "America's mayor" was recently found guilty of defaming two election workers who faced abuse and death threats.

21.12.2023 6

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Donald Trump's civil fraud case enters the final phase after 40 witnesses and a judge wistfully saying, 'In a strange way, I'm gonna miss this trial'

The judge has already ruled that Trump is liable for making fraudulent statements, but other claims and a potential final penalty still need to be...

16.12.2023 3

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Trump reverses day before expected New York fraud trial appearance and says he won’t testify again because he has nothing more to say

“I will not be testifying on Monday," Trump wrote in an all-capital-letters, multipart statement on his Truth Social platform less than 20 hours...

11.12.2023 10

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Former gang leader who stabbed Derek Chauvin in prison 22 times charged with attempted murder, prosecutors say

The Bureau of Prisons said employees performed “life-saving measures" on Chauvin after John Turscak stabbed him repeatedly in the prison law...

04.12.2023 40

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Donald Trump Jr. testifies to his father's 'incredible vision' at fraud trial that threatens the family business: 'He’s an artist with real estate'

Trump Jr. first testified two weeks ago, called in by New York State Attorney General Letitia James' office, which is suing the Trump family business.

14.11.2023 10

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Donald Trump Jr. is returning to the witness stand in New York trial as defense hits back at civil fraud claims that threaten ex-president's real estate empire

New York AG Letitia James alleges Donald Trump, his company and executives including Eric and Donald Jr. exaggerated his wealth by billions of...

13.11.2023 10

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Trump’s brawling fraud trial testimony veered from ‘The fraud is on the court, not on me’ to ‘I’ve had a lot of cash for a long time’

“How do you rule against somebody and call them a fraud, as the president of the United States, who did a great job?”

08.11.2023 10

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Donald Trump Jr. tells fraud trial he never worked on his father's financial statements despite being a Trump Organization EVP

Trump Jr. said he signed off on statements as a trustee, but had left the work to outside accountants and the company's then-finance chief, Allen...

02.11.2023 6

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Donald Trump’s sons are about to testify. Trump Jr. can’t recall using GAAP except ‘probably in Accounting 101 at Wharton’

Donald Trump Jr. previously testified that he couldn't recall having to use GAAP standards in his work.

01.11.2023 6

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Trump returns to his New York civil fraud trial, but star witness Michael Cohen wasn’t there as expected

An outside appraiser testified that his company essentially put a thumb on the scale when sizing up his properties' value.

18.10.2023 7

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Trump’s disputed financial statements were key to the approval of $232m in loans, but the lender gave sizable ‘haircuts’ to his values, bank official testifies

Trump’s statements were key to the approval of a $125m loan in 2011 for his resort in Doral, Fla., and a $107, loan in 2012 for his Chicago...

12.10.2023 7

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Trump admits in fraud trial that his New York penthouse is 11,000 square feet, not 30,000

Trump claimed for years that his New York Trump Tower was nearly three times its actual size on financial statements to make deals and secure loans.

11.10.2023 40

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Trump’s longtime finance chief Allen Weisselberg, who went to jail for dodging taxes on $1.7m in job perks, is set to testify in ex-president’s fraud trial

Weisselberg, also a defendant in the lawsuit, is expected to testify about his role in preparing Trump’s annual financial statements — including...

10.10.2023 10

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Donald Trump fails to halt fraud trial in New York as Letitia James says he lives in a ‘fantasy world’ 

Attorney General James said Trump’s side was “falsely claiming victory” for a resolution that her office had proposed—to leave him in control...

07.10.2023 4

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Trump's corporate controller tells court they boosted value of his Trump Tower penthouse by $20m because he was famous

Another $100 million hike in the estimate was based on a single email from a real estate broker, who hadn’t commissioned an appraisal, didn't...

06.10.2023 20

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Trump's financial statements were key to loan deal, evidence in fraud trial shows—after he said he never thought they 'would be taken very seriously'

Trump's defense argued that if there were problems with the statements, accountant Donald Bender was to blame.

06.10.2023 30

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Trump calls business fraud trial a ‘disgrace’ as accountant testifies that they didn't ‘verify the accuracy of any of the information’ from ex-president’s company

At the heart of the case are the “statements of financial condition,” yearly snapshots of Trump's wealth that were given to banks, insurers and...

05.10.2023 4

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Trump hit with limited gag order after publishing disparaging Truth Social post about New York court clerk in business fraud case

Judge Arthur Engoron told all participants in the case not to smear court personnel, warning of “serious sanctions” if they do.

04.10.2023 8

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Trump slams 'disgraceful trial' as he sneers through rare court appearance in New York lawsuit

The former President is being accused of deceiving banks, insurers and others by misstating his wealth for years in financial statements.

03.10.2023 10

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Trump will attend New York trial scrutinizing his business after judge issues ‘corporate death penalty’

Trump lashed out in his post at New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is suing him, and Judge Arthur Engoron, who is presiding over the...

02.10.2023 9

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The judge poised to disrupt Trump’s collection of skyscrapers was once a cabbie

The future of Trump's real estate empire will be decided by New York City judge Arthur Engoron.

01.10.2023 5

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Donald Trump defrauded banks with 'fantasy' to build his real estate empire, judge rules in a major repudiation against the former president

The judge found that the former president and his company massively overvaluing his assets and exaggerating his net worth on paperwork to secure...

27.09.2023 4

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