Donald Trump is currently in debt of $ 100,000 to New York Attorney General of New York, Letitia James. The key to this is the woman who passed through the stairwell of South Bronx, which collapsed in 1984.

He is smiling when former President Donald Trump leaves at a rally on April 9, 2022 in Selma, North Carolina.  It's a pile of 100 dollar bills.

He is smiling when former President Donald Trump leaves at a rally on April 9, 2022 in Selma, North Carolina. That’s the accumulated Benjamin that Trump owes to New York Attorney General Letitia James.Chris Seward / AP, left. LM Otero / AP, that’s right.

  • Donald Trump, a fine for contempt of court, was invested $ 100,000 by New York Attorney General of New York, Letitia James, on Thursday.

  • Fines will continue to increase until Trump signs what is called the “Jackson Affidavit.”

  • The affidavit is named after Christophena Jackson, who passed through the stairwell of South Bronx in 1984.

On Thursday, former President Donald Trump’s $ 10,000 contempt of court fine per day for Attorney General of New York, Letitia James, reached $ 100,000.

The fine is Trump’s penalty for non-compliance It will continue to occur over the weekend until it gives a Manhattan judge what is called the “Jackson Affidavit”, along with a subpoena of AG’s personal business documents.

So what is Jackson’s affidavit? And why does it take so long? And anyway, who was this Jackson?

When Trump demanded that Jackson swear his affidavit, Judge Arthur Engoron of the New York Supreme Court, under the swearing, completely emptied the search for personal business documents that James wanted. He ordered the former president to sign a first-person explanation detailing the reason.

“I want to know who made these searches,” the judge explained. Minimum 1-page affidavit The playing cards passed last week were terribly inadequate. “When did they see? What were they looking for?”

First Jackson Affidavit

The story of Jackson’s affidavit, which is very important about what happens next in the investigation of AG’s Trump business, dates back nearly 40 years.

It’s a story that began when a woman named Christophena Jackson was about to be swallowed alive on the crumbling stairs of her South Bronx apartment.

It was around 3:30 pm on October 11, 1984. Jackson, 64, was walking down the stairs in a New York City-owned 970 Prospect Avenue building.

Somewhere between the 2nd and 3rd floors, one of the marble stairs collapsed when she stepped in.

“When I stepped on one of the stairs, it collapsed,” she said in the Deposition. “And I fell from the hole that was before the stairs collapsed.

“I grabbed the window and stopped going upstairs.”

The entire building turned out to be in very bad condition, which was quickly criticized and cleared by the city of all tenants.

No record, poor explanation

Jackson was also ill and his back, neck, arms and legs were permanently injured, the lawyer said.

But when she sued the city for $ 500,000 in 1987, three years after she fell, city lawyers did everything that AG accused of currently playing cards. ..

They were late. According to the case file, the city officials’ testimony recordings, which may know the location of important maintenance and inspection records, have been rescheduled more than a dozen times by the city.

They distracted. The city argued against the contractors, saying they maintained the building and had records. In fact, the contractor only processed salaries for building maintenance workers, not records. This is a red herring that has taken years of court time.

And when the city absolutely had to explain why maintenance and inspection records were zero to give to Jackson’s lawyers, they made a similar brief affidavit that was only three paragraphs long. I submitted it. ((((Read the original “Jackson Affidavit” here.. )

Due to lack of records and poor explanation, Jackson’s lawyer filed a proceeding in the Court of Appeals in Manhattan. The same court is handling the appeal of Trump’s insult order.

The court said, “Where the records of interest are likely to be retained, what efforts have been made to preserve them, whether such records have been routinely destroyed, or whether searches have been conducted. The city ruled that sanctions should be taken because it did not say “please”, wherever records are likely to be found. “

Read here the 1992 Jackson v New York City Appeal Decision..

The sanctions ordered by the court are: When the case was brought to justice, the jury was instructed to assume that the city knew about the dilapidated stairs and did nothing to fix them, the decision said. The city will be forbidden to counter it.

It’s no wonder that the city settled the proceedings for an undisclosed amount shortly after the appeal decision.

And since 1992, the ruling has become New York case law, citing dozens of motions and rulings in the event that individuals or businesses fail to provoke records of subpoenas.

Next to playing cards

Trump has several other possibilities for stopping AG fines.

Judge Arthur Engoron of the New York Supreme Court, a Manhattan judge who despised and fined Trump, hinted that he could end his daily penalties at some point without Jackson’s affidavit. rice field. He spoke to Trump’s lawyer on Friday“It is valid even if I do not contact you.”

Trump can also expect to freeze the fines while Manhattan’s Committee of Appeals Judges is appealing the insult order.So far, the only appellate judge to consider the matter Refused to do so In a decision on Tuesday.

But Trump’s best chance to stop the fine is to submit a Jackson affidavit named after the woman injured in South Bronx.

Trump’s lawyer, Alina Haba, did not respond when asked by email how the affidavit would arrive. So it remains a mystery why Trump keeps paying $ 10,000 a day instead of paying $ 10,000 a day.

“Maybe he doesn’t want it, and he doesn’t feel like he should,” said Mark Frazier Shoal, a former senior investigative adviser to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, who is tracking the AG case. Said.

The fines “clearly make no sense to him,” said Shoal, a white-collar crime expert currently working at Luis Birch Kaufman Middlemis in Manhattan.

“Because it didn’t happen,” Shoal continued. “It’s an account. It doesn’t exist. It’s a rude obligation that no one is collecting at this point.”

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