According to Mediaite, former President Donald Trump’s legal team has filed for a mistrial in the civil fraud trial initiated by New York Attorney General Letitia James. In the motion, Trump’s lawyers argue that there has been evident “bias” displayed by Judge Arthur Engoron and his principal law clerk, Allison Greenfield.
The motion contends that both the court’s conduct and Greenfield’s unprecedented role in the trial, coupled with her public partisan activities, raise concerns about the impartiality of the proceedings. Trump’s legal team asserts that the court has essentially predetermined the outcome of the trial, and the mistrial is deemed necessary to salvage the integrity of the rule of law.
The lawyers argue that the court’s actions have created an irreversible appearance of impropriety, stating, “The Court has abrogated its constitutional responsibility to ensure each Defendant, including President Trump, receives a fair trial free from even the appearance of impropriety and impartiality.” They emphasize that the only way to restore public confidence in an independent and impartial judiciary is to bring an immediate halt to the proceedings.
Notably, Trump and his legal team have long accused Judge Engoron and his staff of bias, prompting the judge to implement a gag order preventing Trump and his lawyers from attacking Greenfield. The order specifically cited the baselessness of their accusations against her and the improper influence it could have on the ongoing trial.
This latest legal maneuver intensifies the ongoing clash between Trump’s legal defense and the New York Attorney General’s pursuit of civil fraud charges. As the mistrial is proposed on grounds of alleged bias and impropriety, the case takes on additional layers of complexity, raising questions about the integrity of the legal process and the potential impact on public confidence in the rule of law. The legal drama surrounding Trump’s civil fraud trial continues to unfold against a backdrop of heightened tensions and accusations from both sides.