New York Attorney General Letitia James has decided to temporarily halt the cancellation of former President Donald Trump’s business certificates amid his $250 million civil fraud trial, ABC News reported on Tuesday, October 31.
Trump faces allegations of inflating his company’s value, a case that resulted in a fraud conviction in September.
New York Court Justice Arthur Engoron had previously ruled for the cancellation of Trump’s business certificates and the placement of his assets under receivership.
However, in a recent court filing, James’s legal team expressed their support for a court-ordered pause on the certificate cancellation, a move that Trump’s legal team had appealed just last week.
In her statement, James conveyed her willingness to “agree to stay enforcement … pending the end of trial and entry of final judgment.” This decision marks a significant shift in the legal landscape surrounding Trump’s case.
While James and her legal team conceded on this point, they cautioned against a separate aspect of Trump’s appeal, specifically his request to halt proceedings regarding Engoron’s summary judgment.
They argued that abruptly halting the trial could lead to chaos and result in a substantial waste of public resources, as well as the time and efforts of witnesses involved.
Furthermore, they pointed out that any delay in this case could potentially trigger a series of setbacks not only in this particular trial but also in other pending criminal and civil cases involving Donald J. Trump.
Trump, steadfast in his denial of any wrongdoing, has consistently dismissed both the civil fraud trial and the criminal cases against him as politically motivated tactics orchestrated by the Biden administration to hinder his political ambitions.
The former president now has until November 9 to submit his reply to this development.
The pause on business certificate cancellation offers a respite for Trump in the midst of an arduous legal battle that has dominated headlines and shaped the narrative around his post-presidential endeavors.
As the trial continues to unfold, it remains to be seen how this pause will impact the overall trajectory of the case.
The decision to temporarily halt the cancellation of Trump’s business certificates adds a new layer of complexity to an already contentious legal showdown, leaving both supporters and critics closely watching for the next chapter in this high-stakes legal drama.