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A federal judge upholds the ruling in case A.  Jean Carroll and rejects Trump’s request for a new trial


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Judge Lewis Kaplan, in a written opinion, said Trump’s legal arguments were without merit. The judge also found that the punitive damages awarded by the jury to Carroll “passed constitutional muster.”

Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, said in a statement that her legal team was “pleased but not surprised by the court’s decision.”

A federal judge on Thursday upheld the verdict and award in A. Jean Carroll’s defamation case against former US President Donald Trump (Getty Images via CNN Newsource)

“As the court explained, it was entirely reasonable for the jury to award E.Jean Carroll $83 million in damages given Donald Trump’s continued vilification of Ms. Carroll during the trial itself, as well as his conduct in the courtroom where his “hatred of contempt (were) On full display,” Kaplan said.

Carroll, a former columnist for the magazine, alleged that Trump raped her at a Bergdorf Goodman department store in the mid-1990s and then defamed her by denying her claim. In a separate case, a jury last year found Trump liable for sexual assault.

The second case stems from Trump’s statements denying Carroll’s allegations in 2019. He was found liable for defamation last year, and a jury earlier this year ordered him to pay $83.3 million in punitive and compensatory damages.

Trump’s legal team argued that the damages awarded to Carroll in the defamation case were excessive. Kaplan rejected that argument in his opinion released Thursday.

In this courtroom skit, attorney Alina Haba points to her client, former President Donald Trump
In this courtroom sketch, attorney Alina Haba points to her client, former President Donald Trump, as she delivers her closing arguments to the jury, Friday, Jan. 26, 2024, in New York. A jury began deliberating the defamation case against Trump, and decided whether he owes writer A. Jean Carroll Silver after a jury last year concluded he sexually abused her in 1996. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)
In this courtroom sketch, A. Jean Carroll testifies on the witness stand in federal court in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024. Carroll stated that Donald Trump’s disdain for her has not stopped, pointing to numerous social media posts he has made. Alia in recent days, and that his rhetoric continues to inhale foreign venom in her, because she claimed that he sexually abused her decades ago. (Elizabeth Williams via AP) (AP)

“Mr. Trump’s vicious and relentless attacks on Ms. Carroll have been distributed to more than 100 million people,” Kaplan wrote. “They included public threats and personal attacks, and they endangered Ms. Carroll’s health and safety.”

“The jury,” Kaplan added, “was entitled to reach the conclusion that Mr. Trump arranged the career, reputation and emotional well-being of one of America’s most successful and prominent columnists and authors.”

Trump has maintained that he did not sexually assault Carroll, and in 2019 said that Carroll was not his “type.” These denials formed the basis of a defamation lawsuit.

He sat in court for parts of a defamation trial, receiving reprimands from the judge after he was heard making comments during Carroll’s testimony.

As Carroll’s lawyers made their closing arguments, Trump abruptly and dramatically stood up and walked out of the courtroom.

Former advice columnist E Jean Carroll arrives in federal court in New York on Wednesday, April 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Sth Wenig) (AP)

Kaplan referred to that episode in his opinion: “A few minutes after (Carroll’s) attorney began her closing argument, Mr. Trump stood conspicuously and left the courtroom for no apparent reason, other than to demonstrate his disapproval.”

Aside from the eye-popping amount of money, the verdict brought another point to absolute clarity: a jury of ordinary citizens — not the politicians or their appointees whom Trump constantly claims are abusing him — held him accountable.

The verdict comes as Trump sits in another courtroom — this time, a criminal one — waiting for another jury of ordinary New Yorkers to decide his fate on charges that he falsified business records to cover up an affair leading up to the 2016 election.


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