Judge Signs Trump’s $91 Million Bond

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(TargetLiberty.org) – On Tuesday, a federal judge approved former President Donald Trump’s approximately $91 million appeal bond in connection to a defamation lawsuit filed by columnist E. Jean Carroll. The bond application had not received any opposition from Carroll after Trump’s lawyers had agreed to a single condition change. 

A jury in January had determined that Trump was required to pay $83.3 million as a result of the defamation lawsuit filed by Carroll relating to her allegations of sexual assault. Carroll first came forward with her accusations in 2019, stating that Trump had sexually assaulted her in the 1990s. A previous jury had already determined that Trump was liable for sexual abuse in this case. 

U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, who was responsible for overseeing this case, approved Trump’s bond which will allow Trump to continue fighting the defamation judgment against him. The new decision is going to block Carroll from taking any steps to enforce the defamation judgment.

In his order, Kaplan pointed out that the “Amended Supersedeas Bond is deemed sufficient” to have the judgment stayed. 

Trump has not only filed an appeal against the verdict but has also filed a motion pushing for a new trial. In the past Trump had been looking to move ahead without needing to post bond or by paying the least possible amount. 

Ultimately, on Friday Trump ended up paying the full amount ahead of the deadline that Kaplan had placed. Trump’s previous delay attempts had been dismissed by Kaplan.

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