Appeals Court Denies Trump’s Motion to Delay E. Jean Carroll Defamation Trial

A federal appeals court has rejected President Trump’s motion to postpone the E. Jean Carroll defamation trial scheduled for January 15, 2024, in Manhattan. Trump’s lawyer had requested a 90-day delay and the option to take the case to the US Supreme Court.

The appeals court cited the need for President Trump to have the opportunity to fully present an immunity defense in the ongoing legal proceedings, including the possibility of appealing to the Supreme Court if necessary. This decision follows a previous denial in September of Trump’s request to stay a defamation suit filed by E Jean Carroll.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that Trump cannot claim absolute presidential immunity. Judge Lewis Kaplan, appointed by Clinton, had previously ruled that Trump is responsible for defamatory statements made about E. Jean Carroll after she accused him of rape.

In May, a Manhattan jury reached a verdict in the E. Jean Carroll rape and defamation case, with Carroll alleging that Trump had raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the 1990s. Trump has vehemently denied the allegations, referring to Carroll as a “whack job” who is “not my type.”

The jury determined that Trump had sexually abused and defamed Carroll and ordered him to pay $5 million in damages. Trump is also appealing this case and has faced criticism for his comments about Carroll, including during a CNN town hall where he dismissed her accusation as fake and made-up.

Despite Trump’s efforts to delay the defamation trial, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has denied his request, leaving the trial set to proceed as scheduled. E. Jean Carroll is seeking at least $10 million in damages in this separate case. Trump’s legal battles with Carroll continue as he faces ongoing litigation related to her rape and defamation allegations.

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