Maryanne Trump Barry, the oldest sister of former US President Donald Trump, has passed away at 86 years old. She was known for her career as a lawyer and judge, beginning in 1973 when she started working as an assistant US attorney in New Jersey after receiving her Juris Doctor from Hofstra University. She later served as a US District Court judge and was then elevated to the US Court of Appeals for the Third District.
During her time in the Third District, Maryanne Trump Barry’s career intersected with her brother’s, as he became involved in the New York real estate market and developed several casinos in Atlantic City, including the Trump Taj Mahal. Notably, Trump Barry was opposed to the expansion of sports betting, despite her brother’s support for allowing states to dictate their own laws on the matter.
New Jersey played a significant role in the expansion of legal sports betting across the US, especially after a 2018 Supreme Court ruling that struck down the federal law prohibiting single-game sports gambling. Prior to the ruling, Trump Barry was involved in a 2015 decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Third District that upheld the federal prohibition on sports betting in New Jersey.
The court’s decision was a blow to New Jersey, but the state continued to push for the legalization of sports betting, eventually leading to the successful Supreme Court challenge in 2018. Since then, 38 states and the District of Columbia have legalized sports betting.
Maryanne Trump Barry retired in February 2019 amid a probe into her tax filings. Her legacy as a tough judge with a strong command of her courtroom will be remembered, despite her controversial stance on sports betting.