Judge Engoron denies Trump's effort to delay enforcement of $355 million fine in NY fraud trial

The move comes just days after New York AG Letitia James threatened to 'seize his assets' if he doesn't pay within 30 days.

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC

On Thursday, the judge who oversaw Donald Trump's civil fraud trial in New York and ordered him to pay $355 million denied his motion to delay the enforcement of the fine by 30 days.

Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron argued that the former president's legal team had failed to explain why stalling the process was necessary, declaring that the proposed judgment boasted about by New York Attorney General Letitia James earlier this week would be acted upon.

"You have again asked for time to file a proposed counter-judgment again without explaining in what way the Attorney General's proposed judgment is incorrect (except as dealt with above) and again without specifying how your proposed judgment would differ," Engoron wrote in an email to Trump attorney Clifford Robert, underlining the word "again" each time it appeared.

He added that James' proposed judgment "accurately reflects the spirit and letter of the February 16 Decision and Order," dismissing the Trump team's concerns that they should have been consulted by the attorney general prior to its filing."

As the Washington Post reports, now that Engoron has formally signed off on the judgement, Trump has 30 days to file a notice of appeal, which he is expected to do alongside posting bond.

Last week, Engoron ordered the former president to pay nearly $355 million, plus an estimated $100 million in interest, and barred him from "serving as an officer or director of any New York corporation or other legal entity in New York for a period of three years."

His adult sons, Don and Eric, were fined $4 million each and barred from running businesses in the state for two years.

Engoron stated in his decision that the Trumps' "complete lack of contrition and remorse borders on pathological," arguing that the former president had committed a "venial sin."

Earlier this week, James warned that if Trump is unable to pay the fine in cash, she may resort to seizing his assets, including buildings in his massive real estate portfolio.

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