Judge Denies Mistrial Request in E. Jean Carroll’s Defamation Case Against Former President Trump

New York, NY – The judge overseeing the high-profile defamation trial between writer E. Jean Carroll and former President Donald Trump has firmly denied a mistrial request made by Carroll’s lawyer. Judge Lewis A. Kaplan explained his swift rejection in a written opinion, stating that granting a mistrial would have been pointless. Carroll had testified about deleting death threats she received in emails after going public with her rape claims against Trump. Her lawyer argued that a mistrial should be declared because of the destruction of evidence, but the judge found the motion to be baseless.

Judge Kaplan further criticized Carroll’s lawyers for failing to extract clear information about the content she had deleted and for not attempting to recover the materials through other means. Throughout the trial, the judge expressed dissatisfaction with Carroll’s legal team, admonishing them for their skills and even threatening to jail one of the lawyers for excessive talking.

Carroll was awarded $83.3 million by the jury two weeks ago over Trump’s statements denying he had sexually assaulted her and claiming she fabricated the claim to sell her book. The jury also concluded that Trump had defamed Carroll. However, they did not find in favor of her rape claim. The $83.3 million award included $65 million in punitive damages and was in addition to a $5 million award from a federal court jury in May that found Trump guilty of defamation and assault.

Carroll’s lawyer, Alina Habba, has vowed to appeal the decision, alleging bias in the jury selection process. Habba expressed confidence that they will ultimately prevail in their fight against Trump. The trial drew significant attention given the involvement of a former US president and the high stakes involved. The judge noted that the inability to present the death threats as evidence may have weakened Carroll’s case for damages, ultimately benefiting Trump.

Trump, 77, testified briefly during the trial, but his testimony was limited due to the judge’s instructions to accept the findings of the previous jury as true. This trial marked the first time Trump attended proceedings in the case, having not appeared during the initial trial. The legal battle between Carroll and Trump continues, with both sides determined to prevail.