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Donald Trump denied mistrial in sexual assault civil suit

by Derek Andrews
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Trump lawyer Joe Tacopina Monday requested and was denied a mistrial in columnist E. Jean Carroll’s civil sexual assault suit towards the previous President. Tacopina made the request in an 18-page letter alleging that District Decide Lewis Kaplan, who has presided over the trial because it began final week, has made “pervasive unfair and prejudicial rulings” over the course of the trial.

The letter outlined a number of claims supporting the request for a mistrial, together with the allegation that the courtroom mischaracterized proof in Carroll’s favor and permitted improper testimony. Tacopina asserted that whereas the courtroom has final procedural discretion, “there comes some extent the place the cumulative impact of its one-sided rulings manifests a deeper leaning in the direction of one social gathering over one other.” In case the mistrial was not granted, Tacopina requested that the courtroom “appropriate the document… during which the courtroom has mischaracterized the info of this case.”

The law governing mistrials dictates that courts could discharge a jury earlier than it can provide a verdict when there’s a “manifest necessity” to take action. Nonetheless, the requirements for figuring out “manifest necessity” aren’t explicitly outlined and thus are largely fact-intensive.

In her go well with towards Trump, Carroll is alleging battery and defamation. Although Carroll introduced her authentic defamation motion towards Trump in 2019, she was capable of refile in November 2022 to incorporate battery due to a New York legislation that permitted in any other case time-barred civil lawsuits for sexual assault to be introduced for a interval of 1 yr.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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