The Trump Trials: A Civil Action
“For too long, powerful, wealthy people in this country have operated as if the rules do not apply to them,” says Letitia James, the Attorney General of the State of New York. “Donald Trump stands out as among the most egregious examples of this misconduct.”
The Defendants: The Trump Family and the Trump Organization
The Trump Trials: Who is Michael Cohen?
A vice-president of the Trump Organization, Michael Cohen spent twelve years as personal counsel to former President Donald Trump. However, his career soon took a dramatic turn. On December 12, 2018, he was sentenced to three years in federal prison and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine, all as a punishment which came after he pled guilty to tax evasion, bank fraud, and campaign-finance violations. He was subsequently disbarred from practicing law in the State of New York on February 26, 2019.
The Payments to Stormy Daniels
The Trump Trials: Who is Joe Tacopina?
Joe Tacopina serves as the personal legal counsel for former President Donald Trump, providing representation in a criminal case in New York that pertains to payments made to adult film actress, Stormy Daniels. (See Part 1 and Part 2.)
Born in Brooklyn, New York to Italian immigrants, Joe Tacopina’s father, Cosmo, originated from Rome, while his mother, Josephine, hailed from Montelepre in the province of Palermo. While Cosmo made a living by selling packing boxes, Josephine worked as an accountant with the New York City Fire Department. Tacopina spent his childhood and adolescent years in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood and completed his education from Poly Prep.