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Judge Lewis A. Kaplan: 76-Year-Old Former President Trump’s Assault And Defamation Trial Will Begin Next Week

Judge Lewis A. Kaplan: 76-Year-Old Former President Trump's Assault And Defamation Trial Will Begin Next Week
Judge Lewis A. Kaplan denies motion to postpone trial related to E Jean Carroll's rape accusation against former US President Donald Trump. (Photo by aljazeera.com)

Judge Lewis A. Kaplan in New York has rejected a request from former US President Donald Trump to delay the proceedings, ruling that the civil violence and defamation trial against him will start as scheduled next week. Following a request from Trump’s attorneys last week for a four-week “cooling-off” period until at least May 23, United States District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan made a judgment on Monday.

Trump accused of rape, major media yawns: Why was E. Jean Carroll's story not front page news?

He attacked her in the 1990s in a changing room at a department store, according to The Cut. This ought to be a very serious topic, worthy at least of the same level of indignation and unremitting media attention as Bill Clinton received for his repulsive but legal liaison with Monica Lewinsky. (Photo credit: salon.com)

As the first US president to be charged with a crime, they noted the recent “deluge of prejudicial media coverage” following his recent arraignment on New York criminal accusations of fabricating business records. The civil battery and defamation case, which was brought in November 2022 by former Elle magazine contributor E Jean Carroll, is distinct from that criminal case. She brought the action after a New York state law was passed allowing people to file civil lawsuits against accused rapists even after the criminal statute of limitations had passed.

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U.S. President Donald Trump rape accuser E. Jean Carroll arrives for her hearing at federal court during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., October 21, 2020. (Photo by Reuters)

Carroll’s case was “entirely unrelated” to the criminal investigation taking place at the state level in New York, according to Judge Lewis A. Kaplan written order from Monday. There was no basis for assuming that it would be simpler to select a fair and unbiased jury in May, according to Judge Lewis A. Kaplan. According to Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, some media reports were based on Trump’s own public pronouncements.

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The purpose of the trial the following week is to decide if Trump slandered Carroll by refuting her claim that he sexually assaulted her in late 1995 or early 1996. Carroll filed a separate defamation action in 2019, and the judge has suspended that indefinitely.

In an excerpt from her memoir published in the June 2019 issue of New York Magazine, Carroll portrayed the incident as having taken place in Manhattan’s Bergdorf Goodman department store. She claims that after asking her for assistance in purchasing a gift for a different woman, Trump “maneuvered” her into a dressing room and sexually abused her there.

In response, Trump said, “she’s not my type” and claimed Carroll made up the rape allegation to promote her books.

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The 76-year-old former president currently has a number of legal issues to deal with, including the defamation action

He has entered a not guilty plea to 34 charges of falsifying company documents in the New York criminal case involving a hush-money payment made to a porn star prior to the 2016 election. The prosecution claims that Trump committed the fabrication as part of a related offense, making it a misdemeanor. Trump and his family are being charged with fraud in another civil action in New York by Attorney General Letitia James for allegedly overvaluing assets to lenders and insurers. The Trump Organization is said to have furnished the false assertions.

In Georgia, there is another criminal investigation into whether Trump broke the law by pressuring a local election official to “find” ballots after his loss in the 2020 election. In the upcoming weeks, a choice over whether to indict Trump is anticipated. About 100 documents marked “classified” were discovered at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida after he left the White House, prompting a federal investigation into his activities. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has designated a special counsel to lead the inquiry.

Meanwhile, a congressional committee referred Trump to the DOJ in December for potential crimes related to the former president’s supporters’ storming of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Trump’s attempts to rig the 2020 election results are the subject of a separate investigation being conducted by the same special counsel who is handling the papers case.

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