Judge Kaplan's Tense Exchange with Trump in Defamation Case

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jan.19 - 2024 11:35 AM CET

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Judge Kaplan's Tense Exchange with Trump in Defamation Case.

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In a recent development in the defamation case against former President Donald Trump by author E. Jean Carroll, Judge Lewis Kaplan was reportedly on the verge of ejecting Trump from the courtroom.

As per NBC News, this was the climax of a heated day marked by several verbal confrontations between the parties.

Judge Kaplan's Warning and Trump's Defiance

During the session, Judge Kaplan warned, "Mr. Trump has the right to be here, but that right can be revoked if he's disruptive or ignores the court's directives."

He further expressed, "Mr. Trump, I hope I don't have to expel you from the trial. I understand you're very keen for me to do so."

Trump responded provocatively, "I would love that. I would love that." To which Judge Kaplan retorted, "I know you would, because you simply cannot control yourself in these settings."

Trump's Behavior in Court

The encounter occurred during the second round of the case, where Trump is being tried for defaming Carroll. The tension escalated as Trump made loud noises, shook his head, and uttered loud outbursts during Carroll's testimony. He even slammed the table when a protest by his lawyer was dismissed.

Trump's remarks, including labeling the situation as "total fraud" and "a witch hunt," and referring to Judge Kaplan as an "unpleasant guy," were met with repeated calls for restraint by the judge.

Request for Judge's Recusal

Adding to the drama, Trump's legal team requested Judge Kaplan to recuse himself from the case, alleging bias. Despite these challenges, Judge Kaplan continued to urge Trump to lower his voice during discussions with his lawyer to prevent influencing the jury.

Significance of the Case

This case represents a significant legal challenge for the former president and highlights the tensions between the judiciary and high-profile defendants. Trump's interactions with Judge Kaplan during the trial underscore the complexities and intense scrutiny such cases attract.

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