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Judge Issues Major Ruling In Trump Counterclaim Against E. Jean Carroll

On Monday, a federal judge issued a ruling on a counterclaim filed by former President Donald Trump against author E. Jean Carroll. The decision has been met with much interest and scrutiny as the case develops.

The judge rejected the former president’s claim that Carroll defamed him “with statements she made in media appearances following her successful defamation and battery lawsuit against him, which resulted in a $5 million damage award,” ABC News reported.

The judge rejected former President Trump’s claim that journalist E. Jean Carroll had defamed him with statements she made in media appearances following her successful defamation and battery lawsuit against him, which resulted in a $5 million damage award, according to ABC News.

Trump’s lawyers argued that Carroll’s comments caused “significant harm to his reputation,” entitling him to punitive and compensatory damages.

This followed the May verdict from a New York jury, which held Trump accountable for sexually assaulting Carroll in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room during the 1990s.

He later dismissed her allegations as “a Hoax and a lie” in an article he posted on Twitter.

In her public appearances following the jury’s verdict, Carroll maintained that Trump had sexually abused her, in accordance with the definition provided by New York penal law.

Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York Lewis Kaplan noted that this implicitly found Trump to have forcibly penetrated her with his fingers.

“[I]n other words, that Mr. Trump in fact did ‘rape’ Ms. Carroll as that term commonly is used and understood in contexts outside New York Penal Law,” Kaplan wrote in his order dismissing Trump’s counterclaim.

“The instructions with respect to the rape question thus made clear that if the jury found that Mr. Trump forcibly penetrated Ms. Carroll’s vagina with his fingers, but not also with his penis, it was obliged to answer ‘no’ to the rape question,” the judge wrote. “However, if it found that Mr. Trump forcibly penetrated Ms. Carroll digitally, it was obliged to answer ‘yes’ to the sexual abuse question, as the New York Penal Law definition of ‘sexual abuse’ encompasses such conduct.”

Carroll has filed a lawsuit claiming that President Trump defamed her in 2019, with the trial set to take place in January 2021, according to ABC News.

Roberta Kaplan, Carroll’s attorney, released a statement on Monday following the judge’s ruling.

“That means that the January 15th jury trial will be limited to a narrow set of issues and shouldn’t take very long to complete,” Kaplan said. “E. Jean Carroll looks forward to obtaining additional compensatory and punitive damages based on the original defamatory statements Donald Trump made in 2019.”

Last month, Kaplan rejected Trump’s request for a new trial following the earlier decision that Carroll was entitled to millions in damages. According to Kaplan’s ruling, the jury’s initial verdict wasn’t “seriously erroneous” or a “miscarriage of justice.”

“Trump filed the counterclaim on Tuesday that alleged that Carroll defamed him when she accused him of raping her during an appearance on CNN on May 10, which is just a day after a nine-member jury found that Trump did not commit rape. According to the counterclaim, Trump alleged that Carroll defamed him when she said, ‘oh yes he did, oh yes he did,’ in response to an interview question on CNN asking for her thoughts on the jury’s ruling that Trump was not liable for rape,” The Hill reported at the time.

In a filing in response to a defamation suit brought against him, President Trump’s lawyers argued that the plaintiff had made false statements with malicious intent and had caused significant harm to his reputation.

The statement alleged that Carroll had deliberately disseminated her claims on multiple media platforms in order to maximize their reach.

 

 

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5 Responses

  1. She definitely Defamed him and caused injury. The bottom line is she has nothing to lose and she’s just out to collect a 5 million dollar payout. Trump is billionaire and her defamatory statements can cause huge damage to his reputation, business prospects, and earnings.

  2. Everything that these vilest immoral people accuse Trump of doing; are the many wicked things that Biden and many of these accusers have done repeatedly!

    “Who acquit the guilty for a bribe and deprive the innocent of justice.”

    All of this evil being perpetrated is from Satan. Much of it is like what Hitler and his propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels preached from their Nazi Gestapo Rule Book! And we’ve been witnesses to such on a daily basis over the many years; while even more pronounced over the last few!

    “We shall reach our goal, when we have the power to laugh as we destroy, as we smash, whatever was sacred to us as tradition, as education, and as human affection.” Joseph Goebbels

    Proverbs 17:15 “He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the LORD.”

    Isaiah 5:22-24 “Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine and champions in mixing strong drink, 23who acquit the guilty for a bribe and deprive the innocent of justice. 24Therefore, as a tongue of fire consumes the straw, and as dry grass shrivels in the flame, so their roots will decay and their blossoms will blow away like dust; for they have rejected the instruction of the LORD of Hosts and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.”

    Revelation 22:10-12 “Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of prophecy in this book, because the time is near. 11Let the unrighteous continue to be unrighteous, and the vile continue to be vile; let the righteous continue to practice righteousness, and the holy continue to be holy.” 12“Behold, I am coming soon, and My reward is with Me, to give to each one according to what he has done.”

    Isaiah 5:20 “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

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