New York Judge Engoron chopped Liberty — with his malevolently malicious axe

© 2024 Peter Free


21 February 2024



Lawfare and liberty-destroying tyrants


Consider the following facts — listed by law professor Jonathan Turley:



Oscar Wilde wrote that “moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.”


[New York] Justice Arthur Engoron took that line to heart with his absurd imposition of $455 million in fines and interest against Donald Trump and his corporation.


He disgorged hundreds of millions in a case where not one dollar was lost by anyone.


Indeed, the “victims” wanted to get more business from Trump and are now being prevented from doing so by Engoron.


There is also an added inequity to Engoron’s decision.


Under New York law, Trump cannot appeal this ruling without depositing the full amount, including interest, in a court account.


Even for Trump, $455 million is hard to come by.


Likewise, a bond would require a company to guarantee payment for a defendant who has been barred from doing business in New York and is facing the need to liquidate much of his portfolio.


Nothing succeeds like excess for judges like Engoron.


By imposing this astronomical figure, he can make it difficult or impossible for a defendant to appeal, absent declaring bankruptcy or selling off assets at distress prices.


© 2024 Jonathan Turley, “Nothing Succeeds Like Excess”: New York’s Perverse Incentive in Pricing Trump Out of an Appeal, (21 February 2024)



Naturally afterward . . .


New York's equally deranged attorney general, who had campaign-promised to get Trump — in arguable violation of even the most liberally construed prosecutorial integrity — went on record this way :



Trump was fined $354.8 million plus approximately $100 million in pre-judgment interest on Friday after Judge Arthur Engoron determined that he inflated his net worth in order get more favorable loan terms.


Four days after[ward] . . . . New York Attorney General Letitia James told ABC News that she is prepared to seize the former president's assets if he is unable to find the cash to cover the fine.


© 2024 Aaron Katersky and Peter Charalambous, Letitia James says she's prepared to seize Trump's buildings if he can't pay his $354M civil fraud fine, ABC News (20 February 2024)




The moral? — Integrity-lacking nitwits are destroying the United States


If you do not perform to their ideology-based standards, of even victim-lacking behavior, they will use lawfare to crush you.


This is, very arguably, the antithesis of what the US Constitution was aimed toward creating.