When a New York judge issued a summary judgment this week finding Donald Trump liable for financial fraud, it was a good reminder that Trump is powerless to stop or even delay what the legal system is doing to him. Now Trump has managed to lose in New York court again today.
Even in the wake of the summary judgment, there is still an accompanying trial set to start next week, in order to determine the size of the financial penalties. Weeks ago Trump got an appeals court to place a temporary “hold” on the start of the trial, pending a hearing over one of his nonsense filings. At the time, Palmer Report predicted that this “hold” would be resolved before the trial start date, and wouldn’t end up delaying things at all.
Sure enough, the appeals court announced today that Trump’s request for an indefinite hold is denied, and that the existing temporary hold is lifted. In other words the trial will start next week, on time, as expected. Trump’s antics didn’t delay the start of the trial by even a single day or a single hour.
This is just how things go in the legal system. Once the trial judge has a firm trial date in place, the defendant’s last minute attempts to delay the trial typically fall on deaf ears. We saw it in the E. Jean Carroll civil rape trial. We’re now seeing it in the New York civil fraud trial. And we’ll see it in Trump’s criminal trials as well. Trump doesn’t have a magic “delay” wand. He never did.