Donald Trump Jr sits in the courtroom with his legal team, Nov. 13, 2023. Stefan Jeremiah/Pool via REUTERS
Donald Trump Jr. testified on Monday about what he called the “sexiness” of his father’s real estate portfolio, in his second time being called to the stand in the former president’s civil fraud trial. Donald Trump is accused along with his two adult sons and 10 of his companies of inflating his net worthby as much as $2.2 billion to secure better financing, in a lawsuit by New York Attorney General Letitia James.
In response to questioning from his lawyer Clifford Robert, Donald Jr. spoke at length about his father’s business acumen. Lawyers’ for James’ office objected to the line of questioning as irrelevant, but Justice Arthur Engoron disagreed. “Let him go ahead and talk about how great the Trump Organization is,” said Engoron, who has defended himself during the trial from allegations of bias from Trump and his lawyers. Read more.
A U.S. appeals court on Monday said the phrase “Everybody vs. Racism,” cannot be granted a trademark because it is not used to identify the maker or seller of a specific product. The Federal Circuit agreed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that consumers view the phrase “as a sentiment rather than a source,” citing its use to protest racism in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in 2020. Read more.