You can move to Florida, but you can never leave New York.
I am less sure that the bench trial choice was a mistake by the lawyers. This is a civil trial, and it seems that in NY only 5/6 of 10/12 are needed to convict. Given the strength of the case and the venue, that looked impossible. PAB's outrageous behavior could be viewed as an attempt to get Engoron to do something to make the verdict reversible. More likely, it's just PAB being an asshole.
I dunno about them oil barons in the Middle East but I bet the global warming, from burning all their shit has done, is gonna buy that real estate for a shit ton less cash and a fuck ton more seawater; making Mar a Lago not just its romantic name, but a fact.
So watching Habba at Trump's press conference where he claimed he was being denied his right to be judged by his peers was . . . interesting. Right as he launches into that particular tirade, she gets this weird expression on her face. I can't tell if she's being a smug mean girl, or is panicking that this is the thing she screwed up, and everyone knows it, but we're going for the lie anyway. She also rubs her nose in what looks to me like a nervous action. Either way, I got strong Backpfeifengesicht vibes.
From what I've read, so far, his lawyers aren't even arguing THE LAW in court which doesn't sound very professional. Oh, wait. Never mind.
PAB taking the stand would just be the cherry on the sundae.... can't WAIT!
Ta, Liz. Did Alina Habba somehow manage to get paid? How unusual, if so.
AS AN EXAMPLE, HE VALUES THE MOST SPECTACULAR PROPERTY IN PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, MAR-A-LAGO, AT $18,000,000, WHEN IT IS WORTH POSSIBLY 100 TIMES THAT AMOUNT.
That's still not 2,300%.
So, how did PAB get a bench trial? My understanding is that Letitia James requested it, and Alina Habba failed to check a box requesting a jury trial. So both forms came to Judge Engoron and he saw that they agreed on a bench trial. It probably surprised him, but he just said to himself "Whatever!". If this had happened with any other defendant, he might have asked "Are you sure?". But PAB had been such a pain in the ass that he just ran with it.
A number of folks here have asked how PAB ended up with a lawyer with such limited skills as Alina Habba. I think it was because she has big tits.
Geez, I took 1 intro class on US Criminal Justice and even I know that you ALWAYS select a jury trial.
Rachel should have given her lecture tonight on the laziness of American media pushing "both-siderism" when it is the right that has gone off the cliff while ex-president Jimmy Carter may see his dream of seeing the guinea worm eradicated as very different things. Perhaps she should lecture Kristen Welker at her sister network of NBC.
I read somewhere that PAB's attorneys neglected to check the Jury Trial box for this hearing, so now the case will be decided the judge he's been shitposting about.
You love to see it.
michael cohen makes me laugh and his podcast is amusing in small doses.
there. i said it.
AND... I just read how drumpster ordered a shit-ton of McD's for his lunch/dinner/snack/whatever.
If you'd never won the presidency, you would have been able to stay under the radar of full comeuppance for a lifetime of incompetent blustering you stupid fuck.
Roy Cohn and your dad are laughing at you...
White privilege is wasted on the worst folks...
"Caterwauling" is such a great word.
She's got grit: