Will the $450 million fraud judgment against Donald Trump stand?

On Feb. 16, Donald Trump was ordered to pay more than $450 million (including interest) by way of a judgment in his civil fraud trial in New York. Resolves Yes if the judgment is affirmed on appeal. Resolves No in all other cases (including one where the judgment is reversed and remanded for a new trial).


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@Schwabilismus would that resolve YES or NO?

@Schwabilismus That's not what the article means. Trump has failed to obtain an appeal bond, which means that (unless the 5-judge panel mentioned says otherwise), the AG can seek to enforce the judgment (start collecting) while his appeal is still pending. That's a different issue from whether there is an appeal -- nothing here indicates he won't appeal in either case, and the fact that he's seeking and appeal bond indicates that he IS.

Pretend I was born yesterday and I don't know anything about this at all. (mostly true)

If some mechanism says he owes $389 million instaed of $450 million, does this resolve Yes or No.

That would resolve NO -- that would not be affirming the judgment in full. (For the sake of avoiding confusion, however, note that the judgment here is something like $350M + $100M in interest). I think the only mechanism by which the amount of the judgment could be changed would be for the appeals court to reverse/vacate the decision in part and remand the case for a new proceeding or new determination of damages by the trial court, so I don't think there will be ambiguous cases in practice.

Also for clarity: If the judgment is affirmed in part and reversed in part, the question would resolve NO, provided that the reversal reopens the question of damages (which I think it would in almost all cases).

@CateHall That's not very fun. So if appeal reduces the damages by 1 dollar, but doesn't undo any other aspect of the judgment, it's considered NO? There should be a bet on whether it gets reversed at all.

@Snarflak Correct. In practice, though, that would never happen. I think the only way the appeals court could change the amount of damages without vacating and remanding for a new determination by the trial court would be for it to do something like rule as a matter of law that some category of damages (e.g. punitive damages) aren't available, which would mean a very large change to the amount of the judgment.

They could convict trump for killing Nicole Simpson and it would stand in NY. But if Trump gets elected, he won’t pay a dime.

@FoxKHTML I don't understand this comment, can you explain?

@Snarflak Trump gets elected, refuses to pay, orders trump tower to remain open. What’s anyone going to do to stop him?

@FoxKHTML I don't understand what you mean. If Trump is elected President of the US, how could he "order" Trump Tower to "stay open"? You mean he could prevent NYS from seizing Trump Tower somehow as President?

@Snarflak Yes lol would control the military and the national guard

@FoxKHTML 🤨 That doesn't give him any power over New York State...