NYC lawyer sparks probe into Trump judge Arthur Engoron over unsolicited advice on $455M civil fraud case

A controversial Manhattan lawyer — who as soon as had his license suspended for telling a tenant to “commit suicide” — has sparked a state investigation after he claimed to have given the judge in Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial unsolicited advice. 

Adam Leitman Bailey — who had his legislation license suspended for 4 months in 2019 over the caught-on-tape tirade — claimed to NBC New York that he spoke with Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron in regards to the case three weeks earlier than the judge issued his $455 million ruling towards Trump in February.

“I actually had the ability to speak to him three weeks ago,” Bailey instructed the outlet in a Feb. 16 interview. “I saw him in the corner [at the courthouse] and I told my client, ‘I need to go.’ And I walked over and we started talking … I wanted him to know what I think and why…I really want him to get it right.”

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Lawyer Adam Leitman Bailey’s dialog with the judge overseeing the Trump civil fraud trial has sparked a probe into attainable alleged violations by the judge. Tamara Beckwith/NY POST
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Bailey claimed he and Judge Arthur Engoron spoke three weeks previous to Engoron’s determination towards Trump in regards to the case. AP

The dialog sparked a probe by the New York judicial watchdog group, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, a supply instructed NBC New York.

A judge can’t “initiate, permit, or consider” communications about circumstances outdoors the presence of all events within the matter. A judge can “obtain the advice of a disinterested expert,” so long as the events are instructed forward of time and are given the prospect to reply, according to the state rules on judicial conduct.

Bailey stated he instructed Engoron his opinion on the fraud statute on the middle of New York Attorney General Letitia James’ case towards Trump.

The actual property lawyer claimed he “explained” to the judge that he didn’t consider the statute may very well be used to take a significant firm, such because the Trump Organization, out of enterprise, significantly if the case didn’t have apparent victims.

“He had a lot of questions, you know, about certain cases. We went over it,” he stated of Engoron.

Al Baker, a spokesman with state courts, denied to NBC that Engoron and Bailey had a dialog in regards to the case.

“No ex parte conversation concerning this matter occurred between Justice Engoron and Mr. Bailey or any other person,” Baker stated in a press release the outlet.

“The decision Justice Engoron issued February 16 was his alone, was deeply considered, and was wholly uninfluenced by this individual.”

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Engoron issued a $455 million ruling towards Trump within the case in February. Steven Hirsch

The SCJC couldn’t affirm whether or not there was a probe into the trade due to confidentiality.

“The [SCJC] is constrained by a strict confidentiality statute and has no comment on the matter,” SCJC Administrator Robert Tembeckjian stated in a press release.

Bailey has admitted he doesn’t help Trump and stated he’s sued the true property mogul previously.

He just isn’t linked to any of the circumstances at the moment surrounding the ex-president, however has given a number of interviews providing authorized commentary to varied media shops within the wake of Engoron’s determination.

As for Bailey’s connection to the judge, he has been on circumstances earlier than Engoron “hundreds of times,” he instructed NBC.

In a second interview with NBC, Bailey doubled down on his story about chatting with Engoron — however appeared to hedge by claiming the 2 didn’t particularly point out the Trump case and had been merely speaking usually in regards to the legislation.

“We didn’t even mention the word Donald Trump,” Bailey claimed to the outlet, in response to an article printed Wednesday.

“Well, obviously we weren’t talking about the Mets,” he added, seemingly implying he believed Engoron knew what they had been referring to.

Bailey maintained neither of them broke any guidelines.

In 2017, the lawyer was caught on tape telling a tenant of a constructing owned by an organization that Bailey repped, “Now you’er my b—h” and “I think you should commit suicide” in a $25 million lawsuit launched by the tenant, James Dawson.

Dawson’s case was tossed in 2018, however the incident was referred to the Attorney Grievance Committee and an appeals court docket suspended Bailey’s license for 4 months.

The ruling famous Bailey had “twice previously been admonished by the AGC for inappropriate litigation behavior.”

Bailey didn’t return a request for remark Thursday. Neither did an legal professional for Trump or Baker, the spokesman for the state courts system.

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