July 12, 2024

Former U.S. President Donald Trump attends jury choice within the second civil trial after Carroll accused Trump of raping her many years in the past, at Manhattan Federal Court docket in New York Metropolis, U.S., January 16, 2024 on this courtroom sketch.

Jane Rosenberg | Reuters

Former President Donald Trump is predicted to testify Thursday in author E. Jean Carroll’s civil defamation case towards him.

Trump was initially set to take the witness stand Monday in Manhattan federal courtroom, however the trial was postponed after a juror referred to as in sick.

Presiding Choose Lewis Kaplan gave Trump’s legal professional Alina Habba the prospect to proceed the case that day with eight jurors as a substitute of 9, however Habba declined, telling Kaplan she was additionally feeling unwell.

The resumption of the case, which was delayed for 3 days, additionally marked the return of Trump’s courtroom-centric presidential marketing campaign technique.

Trump explicitly tied his marketing campaign to his authorized troubles in a Reality Social publish Wednesday night time, saying his journey to New York Metropolis on the heels of his victory in New Hampshire’s Republican major.

E. Jean Carroll walks exterior Manhattan Federal Court docket, for the second civil trial after she accused former U.S. President Donald Trump of raping her many years in the past, in New York Metropolis, U.S., January 25, 2024. 

Brendan Mcdermid | Reuters

The previous president in current weeks has appeared at a lot of his lively civil and felony circumstances, even when he was not required to take action, drawing heavy media consideration and new fundraising alternatives for his marketing campaign.

Trump has decried all of his authorized battles as witch hunts, claiming that they’re being orchestrated by the Biden administration to harm his 2024 presidential bid.

However a jury in a associated civil case final yr already discovered Trump answerable for sexually abusing Carroll in a division retailer within the Nineteen Nineties after which defaming her in denying her allegation in late 2022.

That jury ordered Trump to pay $5 million to Carroll. Trump is interesting the decision.

The trial resuming Thursday is being held solely to find out how a lot Trump should pay Carroll in damages, since Kaplan decided that the query of whether or not Trump defamed Carroll had already been established.

Carroll’s attorneys are looking for at the very least $10 million from Trump on this case.

That is growing information. Please test again for updates.