Judge fines Trump $5,000 after post maligning court staffer found on campaign website

Former President Donald Trump was fined $5,000 for a disparaging social media post about a court staffer in his New York civil fraud trial, after the post remained on his campaign website in violation of a judge’s order.

Case background: Donald Trump is facing a civil fraud trial relating to inflated statements of his net worth and asset values allegedly used to deceive banks and insurers.
* The trial involves claims of conspiracy, insurance fraud and falsifying business records.
* New York Attorney General Letitia James’s lawsuit has led to this trial.

Latest development: Judge Arthur Engoron fined Trump $5,000 for a disparaging post about a court staffer that remained on his campaign website despite an order to delete it.
* Engoron warns of severe sanctions for similar future violations.
* Trump’s lawyer claimed the retention of the post was inadvertent, but Judge Engoron maintained that responsibility rests with Trump.

Legal details: Judge Engoron issued a limited gag order barring all participants from smearing his staff.
* Trump maligned the principal law clerk, Allison Greenfield, in a post on his Truth Social platform.
* In total, only 3,700 people viewed the post on Trump’s campaign website.

What’s next: The trial continues, with Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, due to testify.
* Trump’s two eldest sons, Eric and Donald Trump Jr., are also expected to testify.
* Ivanka Trump, initially a defendant but dropped from the case, is resistance being subpoenaed for her testimony. Judge Engoron will hold a hearing on her involvement next week.

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