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Judge Lewis A. Kaplan Urged To Reject 76-Year-Old Former President Trump Effort To Delay Rape Trial

Judge Lewis A. Kaplan Urged to Reject 76-Year-Old Former President Trump Effort to Delay Rape Trial
Judge Lewis A. Kaplan urged to reject 76-year-old Former President Donald Trump effort to delay rape trial. (Photo by AP)

Judge Lewis A. Kaplan urged to reject 76-year-old Former President Donald Trump effort to delay rape trial. The lawyer for a journalist who claims that former President Donald Trump sexually assaulted her more than 25 years ago in a dressing room of a Manhattan department store pleaded with a New York judge on Wednesday to reject his request to delay this month’s civil trial because of the media attention given to the accusations in his criminal case.

E. Jean Carroll's defamation trial against Trump indefinitely delayed

On March 4, 2020, E. Jean Carroll, in the middle, waits to enter a courtroom in New York. On Monday, a federal judge postponed indefinitely the defamation action author E. Donald Trump, the former president, was sued by Jean Carroll. (Image via AP)

In a letter to the trial Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, attorney Roberta Kaplan said that it was “somewhat perverse” for Trump to argue that the trial must be postponed due to publicity. Trump attorney requested a one-month postponement of the trial’s scheduled April 25 opening on the alleged rape of Jean Carroll. Attorney Roberta Kaplan alleged that Trump tried to delay the civil trial resulting from a complaint filed in November by adopting a delay technique.

Trump must sit for deposition in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit, judge rules

The planned testimony was not delayed, as requested by Trump’s attorneys, according to U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan. The current date for the deposition is October 19. (Image from cbsnews.com)

Trump has frequently disputed that he sexually assaulted Carroll or that he even met her in 1996 at a department store. In a 2019 book, Carroll first made her claims known to the public. Adult rape victims may now sue their abusers under a temporary state rule that went into force last year, even if the incidents took place decades earlier.

Judge Lewis A. Kaplan – Will Trump show up to the rape trial?

The trial is slated to begin on April 25 in Manhattan federal court, and Judge Lewis A. Kaplan filed an order on Monday ordering parties to inform him by April 20 of their attendance status. And later that day, he denied a request to give lawyers access to the names of anonymous jurors, arguing that given Trump’s most recent public comments on a state court criminal case against him, jurors may be subjected to harassment if their identities were revealed.

The judge ordered “each party” to inform him in writing if they intended to be present for the duration of the trial. If not, he requested to know the days and hours that each person will be away. Judge Lewis A. Kaplan also stated that the directive was not intended to imply that either party was required to be present during the trial or that doing so would have any negative legal repercussions.

The unique security measures that would be necessary for a Secret Service-protected former president who is running for re-election, Judge Lewis A. Kaplan was probably curious to know when Trump might be in court.

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Trump requests a four-week postponement in the trial, citing “prejudicial” media coverage

In a letter to Manhattan U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, Trump’s attorneys argued that in order to ensure the former U.S. President’s right to a fair trial in Carroll’s case, a four-week “cooling off” period up until at least May 23 was required. Without a break, “many, if not most, prospective jurors will have the criminal allegations top of mind when judging President Trump’s defense against Ms. Carroll’s allegations,” according to Trump’s legal representatives Joe Tacopina and Alina Habba.

Carroll is suing Trump after he denied raping her in a Manhattan Bergdorf Goodman department store dressing room in late 1995 or early 1996 in a post on his Truth Social platform in October 2022. Trump has previously denied occurring, she is also suing him for battery. In November 2019, the 79-year-old also filed a defamation lawsuit against Trump over his identical denial of her rape claim from five months prior. This matter is still open.

The timing of a trial, which would likely last several days, between May 23 and an August 8 deadline for filing all motions in the criminal case, according to Trump’s attorneys, would make the jury “far more likely to be impartial.” Carroll v. Trump, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 22-10016, is the name of the lawsuit.

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