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On Monday, a New York judge tossed out a lawsuit by Mary L. Trump against her uncle Donald Trump. As a result, the twice-impeached former president who roused his followers into a violent insurrection has once again won in court.
Mary Trump sued her uncle in September 2020, alleging that he and two of his siblings conspired to commit fraud against her, totaling tens of millions of dollars. Mary Trump sought to recover the money she claimed was taken from her through shady practices.
After The New York Times published a Pulitzer Prize-winning article in 2018, exposing years of Trump family financial deals, the entire nature of the alleged fraud became apparent.
The reporters received 19 boxes of records from Mary Trump as part of a settlement in 2021.
That year, the younger Trump signed a settlement agreement with her family that barred her claims. On Monday, a judge overseeing the case ruled that the agreement barred her from bringing her claims.
Roberta Kaplan, one of Mary Trump's attorneys, said an appeal has been filed.
In a statement to The Advocate Wednesday evening, Kaplan said, "The trial court's decision is obviously disappointing, especially since it comes so late -- more than two years after our case was filed. We believe that the court overlooked certain key factual allegations, including that Mary Trump had a metaphorical 'gun to her head' since the Trumps cruelly terminated the health insurance necessary to provide life-saving medical care for her then infant nephew."
Wednesday afternoon, Kaplan and co-counsel filed a 50-page appeal with the appellate division of the Supreme Court of New York.
It is the second legal victory this week for the former president after a federal judge dismissed Michael Cohen's retaliation lawsuit. As the former personal attorney for Donald Trump, Cohen claimed that the former president, then-Attorney General Bill Barr, and others falsely sent him back to jail because he had written a tell-all book.
Despite, or perhaps because of, being the subject of a multitude of criminal investigations stemming from his involvement in the violent insurrection and his theft and improper handling of the most highly sensitive secrets the government has, Donald Trump announced his third candidacy for president of the United States Tuesday night from his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago.
Note: This story was updated to reflect comments by Mary L. Trump's attorney, Roberta Kaplan, and to include the fact the court's decision has been appealed.