Former President Donald Trump has officially appealed the judgment from his New York civil fraud case. The judgment will cost him $454 million as it currently stands.

Trump’s legal team is asking New York’s mid-level appeals court to overturn Judge Arthur Engoron’s decision in the civil fraud case launched by New York Attorney General Letitia James. In doing so, the court would cancel or significantly reduce Trump’s fines.

The Trump lawyers asked the court to determine whether Engoron “committed errors of law and/or fact” and whether he “acted in excess” of his jurisdiction. Trump denies all accusations and claims both James and Engoron are politically motivated.

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It is not yet clear if Trump will request a pause to the collection of the fines. This could be done through a temporary set-up of collateral through cash, assets, or an appeal bond. The appeal has now guaranteed that the legal battle will continue through the primary election, and possibly into the general.

Last Thursday, Trump’s attorneys had sent a formal letter to Judge Engoron accusing Letitia James of an “unseemly rush” to enforce his judgment, as she sent Engoron a proposal less than a week after his ruling. They additionally requested Engoron to pause the enforcement of James’ proposal for thirty days on the grounds that Trump is following the court-ordered monitoring and there is no reason to expedite normal procedures. This request was rejected by Engoron.

As Valuetainment previously reported, Trump was found guilty of conspiring to manipulate his net worth, and has ordered him to pay a penalty of $354 million and has banned him and his two adult sons from serving in any officer or director roles at New York-based businesses, including his own.

Shane Devine is a writer covering politics, economics, and culture for Valuetainment. Follow Shane on X (Twitter).

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