“No cause of Meringolo’s death has been reported. He was 48.”
New York defense lawyer and Pace University professor John Meringolo died “unexpectedly” on Nov. 16 after requesting two months earlier that he be allowed to represent former President Donald Trump’s Trump Organization and Trump Payroll Corp. at the last minute.
Meringolo told the judge in another case — the retrial of alleged “We Build the Wall” scammer Timothy Shea, who stands accused of defrauding donors of hundreds of thousands of dollars — the he had been retained by the Trump family to defend its companies after CFO Allen Weisselberg pleaded guilty in a deal that required him to testify in the case.
“I have been retained to represent the Trump Payroll Corporation in its criminal trial scheduled to begin on the very same date as Mr. Shea’s retrial,” Meringolo wrote Judge Analisa Torres on Sept. 14, asking her to delay the Shea case three weeks, according to the New York Daily News. That request was denied.
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On Sept. 2, Meringolo had asked Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan to delay the trial against Trump companies and was also refused.
“That motion I received last week, or the notice of appearance, frankly, was almost bizarre, and it was dealt with appropriately,” Merchan said. “I’m repeating, we are not delaying this trial.”
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