Only two days until the election, and I am nowhere near finished with my list of amazing Donald Trump stories. How about something serious for a change:
On Friday, a federal judge set a November 28 trial date for a longstanding class action suit against Trump University, the now-defunct get-rich-on-real-estate seminar program started by Trump.
Of course, Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, already has a busy schedule ahead. There’s the GOP convention in Cleveland in July. And Election Day on November 8.
Less the term “fraud” give the impression of a criminal complaint, this is being tried as a civil matter. The trial set to begin November 28 is one of three involving class action against Trump University. In San Diego, Federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel agreed to set the trial date following the November 8 election. The idea is to not plague the trial with the hoopla surrounding Trump’s candidacy.
Charges against the University and against Trump are filed under the RICO Act. That is the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which was designed to haul in criminal gangs, but has been found useful in bagging those engaged in white collar crime:
RICO also permits a private individual “damaged in his business or property” by a “racketeer” to file a civil suit. The plaintiff must prove the existence of an “enterprise”. The defendant(s) are not the enterprise; in other words, the defendant(s) and the enterprise are not one and the same. There must be one of four specified relationships between the defendant(s) and the enterprise: either the defendant(s) invested the proceeds of the pattern of racketeering activity into the enterprise (18 U.S.C. § 1962(a)); or the defendant(s) acquired or maintained an interest in, or control of, the enterprise through the pattern of racketeering activity (subsection (b)); or the defendant(s) conducted or participated in the affairs of the enterprise “through” the pattern of racketeering activity (subsection (c)); or the defendant(s) conspired to do one of the above (subsection (d)). In essence, the enterprise is either the ‘prize,’ ‘instrument,’ ‘victim,’ or ‘perpetrator’ of the racketeers. A civil RICO action can be filed in state or federal court.
The requirement that Mr. Trump attend at least part of the trial was also a motivation for the late November trial date. I am guessing that after November 8 Donald Trump is going to have a lot of free time on his hands. In the event he wins the election we are going to enjoy the embarrassment of a president elect on the dock. Vladimir Putin is going to be laughing at us.
What is most amazing is that candidate Trump is polling near a candidate with real qualifications for the job. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could never happen. I was wrong! How wrong I was is becoming clear. The fervent hope is that justice will shortly be served where it is long overdue.
Previously I aimed this series of posts at the comedy surrounding a narcissistic businessman vying for a job requiring real character. Now I’m leaving the high road, and I will be calling things as they are. As a reminder, self-obsessed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit.
Meanwhile, right on schedule, Donald Trump’s journey to self destruction continues, much as I predicted over a year ago. I post here the signature banner for this series:
A warning for those who chance to meet a wild Trump coming home late at night, past a graveyard, all alone in a storm: Don’t bump the Trump. [With apologies to Shel Silverstein.]
Enjoying my excursion into schadenfreude, I have this to say. Thank you, Mr. Trump. It’s the nicest thing anybody’s ever done for me.Thank you very, very, very much!
Yeah, it’s game on. We are going to have more fun between now and election day. We can be assured Donald Trump will never fail to entertain us.
Continue reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.