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A trio of Trump-related lawsuits will be heard in New York on Monday

Former President Donald Trump is on test center on Monday in three different courtrooms.

Cases range from civil to criminal, state and federal. Trump appears in one lawsuit in the Bronx and his company in a Manhattan Criminal Case and a longtime friend and adviser is at the center of a criminal trial in Brooklyn.

Here’s a look at where the cases stand:

The arguments begin in the criminal trial of the Trump Organization

In Manhattan, the Trump Organization, through its two corporate entities — Trump Corporation and Trump Payroll Corporation — pleaded not guilty to 14 counts related to allegations that the company provided tax-free “indirect employee compensation” to executives. Opening statements in the case will begin Monday morning

Last week, prosecutors and defense attorneys interviewed dozens of potential jurors, asking them leading questions about their feelings about Trump, even though he is not charged in the case. Potential jurors wondered whether they could put aside their pro-Trump opinions — in many cases expressed with strong distaste — to consider the allegations against his campaign.

Ex-President Trump held a rally in Robstown, Texas
Former US President Donald Trump speaks at the Save America rally on October 22, 2022 in Robstown, Texas.

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The process was difficult and many concluded that they could not. In at least one case, a potential juror initially believed he could before realizing he was wrong.

After saying on Oct. 24 that he could be unbiased about Trump, the prospective juror asked to speak with Judge Juan Merchan on Oct. 27. He said that for three days he had “very strong feelings about Donald Trump that turned into a very intuitive feeling in my gut that I had when he was president,” reflecting his dislike of Trump. He was acquitted.

The issue of jury placement was summed up in a social media post by attorney Michael van der Veen, who said: “The jury pool policy in this case works nine out of 10 against our client.”

“In order for the court to be fair, we need to keep politics out,” van der Ven wrote.

Trump called the charges the result of a “witch hunt” and accused Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and his predecessor who opened the investigation, Cyrus Vance, of acting out of political enmity.

Arguments in Thomas Barak’s trial are nearing completion

Politics are at the fore in the ongoing criminal trial of the billionaire businessman Thomas Baraka longtime Trump friend and adviser who served as chairman of the 2016 inauguration committee.

Barak is accused of acting as an unregistered foreign agent in an attempt to influence US foreign policy to benefit the interests of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and has pleaded not guilty. In that case, as in the Trump Organization trial in Manhattan, potential jurors in Brooklyn federal court were asked about their feelings about Trump and told that Trump might even be subpoenaed.

That never happened, but two Trump administration officials testified — former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Barak himself has been testifying in his own defense for the past week and will continue on Monday.

Barak described his communications with UAE officials about the Trump administration as “inflating” and trying to mediate disputes.

Barak is expected to be the last witness called in the case, and Judge Brian Cogan said Friday that jurors could begin deliberating this week.

Civil trial begins against Trump and company

Trump’s political and corporate interests are entwined in a lawsuit starting Monday in the Bronx, where five plaintiffs allege they were attacked and had property destroyed by Trump’s security team near Trump Tower in September 2015.

The men were protesting statements by Trump – then the Republican presidential candidate – about civil rights and Mexican immigrants.

Their case moved slowly while Trump was president, but eventually included a videotaped deposition of Trump, which was completed in October 2021. Other figures in Trump’s orbit in the early days of his candidacy were also deposed in the lawsuit.

Trump and the Trump Organization are named in the lawsuit and deny all the allegations. The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages.

Potential jurors will be brought into a courtroom on Monday and will be told — as others were in Manhattan last week and in Brooklyn — that they must put aside their biases about Trump, who could be called as a witness, and make an impartial decision.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-related-trials-to-be-heard-in-new-york-2022-10-31/

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