Trump granted delay in defamation trial amidst legal battles

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By Carina

Former President Donald Trump has received a one-week postponement for his testimony in a high-stakes defamation trial in New York. 

The trial, linked to comments made by Trump regarding columnist E. Jean Carroll, could result in a substantial financial penalty for the former president. 

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Judge sets Trump’s testimony date after assault, defamation verdict

This development comes in the wake of a jury’s finding that Trump sexually assaulted Ms. Carroll in the 1990s and defamed her in his 2022 statements.

U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, who issued the order on January 14, set the new testimony date for January 22, accommodating Trump’s request despite the possibility of the trial concluding by January 18.

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Controversy over trial postponement request

The request for postponement initially faced denial from Judge Kaplan, primarily due to concerns about disrupting the trial’s schedule, communicated seven months in advance. 

The judge’s order highlighted an interesting turn of events: while seeking the trial delay, Trump had planned a campaign event in New Hampshire on January 17.

Trump, expressing his intention to be present at this and future trials, remarked, “Yeah, I’m going to go to it, and I’m going to explain I don’t know who … she is.” He has consistently denied any misconduct related to the case.

Trump’s defamation trial: Jury to deliberate over $10 million in damages

The trial, set to commence on January 16, will see a jury deliberating over $10 million in compensatory damages, alongside additional punitive damages demanded by Ms. Carroll’s legal team. 

Stemming from a 2019 defamation lawsuit filed by Ms. Carroll, the case has evolved significantly, particularly after a May 9, 2023, verdict awarded Ms. Carroll $5 million in a second defamation lawsuit.

President Trump’s statement on Truth Social in October 2022, which was the basis of the defamation charge, led to a subsequent verdict. 

Trump’s comments at a CNN town hall event on May 10, where he labeled Carroll a “whack job,” prompted her attorneys to seek amendments to the pending lawsuit for further punitive damages.

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Trump seeks appeal in defamation case amid damages dispute

President Trump’s legal team has appealed the May 2023 decision, advocating for a reduction in the jury award or a new trial. \

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They argue that Trump’s comments during the CNN town hall were protected by fair reporting privilege, thus invalidating them as a basis for increased punitive damages.

In contrast, Ms. Carroll’s attorneys have accused Trump of exacerbating the situation with his post-verdict statements. 

They argue for a substantial punitive damages award to punish and deter Trump from further defamatory actions.

Trump navigates multiple legal battles amid 2024 presidential campaign

This lawsuit is just one of the numerous legal battles President Trump faces, spanning across states like Georgia, Florida, and New York. 

Despite maintaining his innocence, Trump has suggested that these legal issues are a result of political manipulation designed to interfere with elections.

As the 2024 presidential race approaches, Trump, who is a leading contender for the Republican nomination, continues to navigate through these complex legal challenges. 

The outcome of this defamation trial, therefore, holds significant implications not just for Trump but also for the broader political landscape.

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