Headline RoundupSeptember 27th, 2023

Judge Finds Donald Trump Committed Fraud in New York

Summary from the AllSides News Team

On Tuesday, a New York State Judge found former President Donald Trump committed fraud by exaggerating the value of his real estate holdings and rescinded some of Trump's business licenses.

Key Details: Justice Arthur F. Engoron ruled that New York Attorney General Letitia James had proven the main elements of her civil case against Trump and his businesses. Engoron also rejected Trump's efforts to toss the entire case, and the remaining elements will proceed to trial on Monday while an independent monitor continues to supervise the Trump Organization.

Key Quote: “The decision seeks to nationalize one of the most successful corporate empires in the United States and seize control of private property all while acknowledging there is zero evidence of any default, breach, late payment or any complaint of harm,” Trump lawyer Christopher Kise said.

For Context: The ruling was the latest development in the legal battles facing Trump arising from his years as a New York developer, his efforts to challenge the 2020 election results, and his handling of national security information after leaving office. Meanwhile, he is leading the 2024 Republican candidate field by large margins.

How the Media Covered it: Some left-rated sources suggested the ruling undermines Trump's persona of himself as a master business tycoon. Some right-rated outlets focused more on Trump's criticisms of the New York judges and prosecutors, and how Trump said his civil rights had been violated.

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