The federal judge dismissed Donald Trump’s request for a new trial in the E. Jean Carroll abuse case.
Let’s read the news and find out why the judge dismissed Trump’s trial.
Donald Trump Loses Bid For New Trial In E. Jean Carroll Abuse Case
A former magazine columnist, E. Jean Carroll, filed a case against Trump alleging that the former President sexually assaulted her in a changing room of the Bergdorf Goodman Department store in Manhattan in the 1990s.
On May 9, 2023, Trump was found liable for the act, and the federal jury ordered Trump to give $5 million to the writer in damages.
The former President filed a plea to the federal judge for a new trial in the case and to reduce the awarded damage amount.
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In a 59-page ruling issued Wednesday, District Judge Lewis Kaplan dismissed Trump’s request to reduce damages to less than $1 million, declaring, “The verdict was neither a seriously erroneous result nor a miscarriage of justice.”
In a statement, Carroll’s lawyer Robbie Kaplan said, “Now that the court has denied Trump’s motion for a new trial or to decrease the verdict amount, Carroll looks forward to receiving the $5 million in damages that the jury awarded her in Carroll II.”
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This another legal blow to Trump came a day after the former President announced that he had received a letter from special counsel Jack Smith on Sunday night informing him that he is a target of the Justice Department’s investigation into the January 6, 2021, insurrection in the U.S. Capitol and his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.
Jack Smith is the leading DOJ investigator looking into Trump’s two main cases, January 6 Capitol attack and Trump’s attempt to change the election result after losing the 2020 election.
The second is Trump’s handling of classified documents after he left the White House and his alleged efforts to obstruct the inquiry. Interestingly, the former President received a similar letter from Smith before his indictment in the classified documents case.
The Sunday’s letter of Smith reportedly notified Trump that he is facing three major criminal charges, conspiracy to commit an offense against or defraud the United States, deprivation of rights, and witness tampering.
Reacting to the letter, Trump wrote on Truth Social, “Deranged Jack Smith, the prosecutor with Joe Biden’s DOJ, sent a letter (again, it was Sunday night) stating that I am a ‘target’ of the January 6th Grand Jury investigation, and giving me a very short 4 days to report to the Grand Jury, which almost always means an arrest and indictment.”
Trump also faces charges of falsifying business records in a hush-money payment case 2016 in Manhattan state court in which he pleaded not guilty.
Likewise, former President Trump pleaded not guilty to all 37 felony charges in Miami federal court in his classified documents case. However, the investigation is still underway.
Trump, who is running for the White House for the third time in 2024 amid several criminal charges, has again received a new legal setback in the form of a judge’s denial of his plea to another trial in Carroll’s case.
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