In the defamation lawsuit seeking $10 million, writer E. Jean Carroll’s attorney has accused the team representing ex-president Trump of misrepresenting the need to delay Trump’s trial.
To address the former president’s request for a one-week trial delay so that he may attend the funeral of Melania Trump’s mother, Roberta Kaplan, who is Carroll’s attorney, wrote to U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan. According to Kaplan’s research, the former president is said to be “traveling with family” on January 17th, meaning he will miss the trial. Still, Carroll’s attorney brought up the ex-president’s scheduled appearance at a January 17th Trump campaign event in New Hampshire.
Last week, Trump said he plans to attend all his subsequent legal battles, including Tuesday’s trial with Carroll. So that the ex-president and his family could attend his mother-in-law’s funeral on January 17 and 18, his legal team asked for a one-week postponement of the trial after her death. After the court denied his motion to delay the trial by one week, Trump resorted to social media to voice his disapproval.
At a campaign speech in Iowa before the caucuses, Donald Trump paid tribute to his late mother-in-law, Amalija Knavs. Following a protracted illness, he broke the news that Knavs had passed away last week. New York federal judge Lewis Kaplan denied Trump’s request to delay his trial by one week, so his participation has not been publicly publicized at the funeral, which is scheduled for Thursday in Florida.
The defamation trial of Trump v. E. Jean Carroll is set to take place this week. The amount of damages that Trump owes Carroll will be determined at trial. He might get as much as $10 million in damages from the jury that found him guilty of assault last year. On Sunday, the court rejected the request to delay the trial, citing concerns expressed in a brief that such a move would cause unnecessary disruption to the trial process for all parties involved.