Trump's Civil Fraud Trial Set for Oct. 2 Despite Appeals Court Refusal

– A New York appeals court has rejected Donald Trump's plea to postpone his civil fraud trial set for October 2nd, 2023.

– Trump alleged that the trial judge had unfairly declined to dismiss most of the case.

The Appellate Division, a mid-level appeals court in Manhattan

made the decision and also lifted a previous order to halt the trial pending review

This legal action stems from a lawsuit filed against Trump in September 2022 by New York Attorney General Letitia James

– Letitia James, who accused Trump, his adult sons, and the Trump Organization of fraudulent property valuations to secure favorable loan and insurance terms.

The lawsuit seeks at least $250 million in penalties, a ban on Trump and his sons running businesses in New York

– and a five-year commercial real estate ban on Trump and his organization.

– Trump, who has pleaded not guilty to all charges, has framed the litigation as a politically-motivated attack by Democrats.

– Despite his legal issues, Trump remains a prominent contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

The trial judge, Arthur Engoron, dismissed Trump's request to delay the trial

– emphasizing that the appeals court ruling from June had little impact on James' case.