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Judge Kaplan May Refer Disciplinary Action Against Trump’s Attorney

Legal analysts predict that Judge Lewis Kaplan may refer Alina Habba, Donald Trump’s attorney, to the bar for disciplinary action after she repeatedly violated the judge’s orders during the defamation trial against the former president.

Background Of E. Jean Carroll’s Defamation Trial

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The defamation trial against Donald Trump, brought by E. Jean Carroll, a former Elle columnist, concluded on Friday in New York City.
Carroll filed the lawsuit in 2019 after Trump publicly disputed her sexual assault allegations.

Carroll’s Accusation

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Carroll accused Trump, then the president in 2019, of [expletive removed] her in a New York City department store dressing room in the mid-1990s.

Trump’s Denial

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Trump has consistently denied these allegations and maintains that the case, along with several other legal matters he faces, is politically motivated due to his position as the leading contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

Judge Kaplan’s Warnings

Throughout the trial, Judge Kaplan, overseeing the case, advised Trump and his legal team not to reiterate claims that he did not sexually assault Carroll.

Previous Conviction

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This caution was issued as a jury had previously ruled in May that the former president was liable for sexual abuse and defamation in a separate 2022 lawsuit filed by Carroll.

Habba’s Controversial Statements

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During her closing arguments on Friday, Alina Habba, Trump’s lawyer, asserted that Trump continues to deny the sexual assault allegations because they represent “the truth.”

More Holes Than Swiss Cheese

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She also suggested that Carroll’s account had “more holes than Swiss cheese.”
These statements prompted objections from Judge Kaplan, who warned Habba of potential “consequences” for disregarding his instructions.

Legal Analyst Criticizes Habba

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Legal analyst Erica Orden shared a portion of Habba’s closing argument on social media, where Habba seemed to question the validity of Carroll’s allegations.

Violating A Clear Court Order

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During the Obama administration, Joyce Vance, a former U.S. attorney, responded to Orden’s post on X, saying, “Habba violates a clear order from the Judge.

She can take it up with the court of appeals if she thinks it’s wrong, but she doesn’t get to ignore it. She lacks respect for the rule of law, just like her client.”

Possible Referral to the Bar Association

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The legal analyst predicts that Judge Kaplan may refer Alina Habba to the Bar Association for disciplinary action due to her repeated violations of court orders despite receiving prior warnings. Such disciplinary actions are not uncommon when attorneys disregard judicial instructions.

Current Status of The Trial

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Judge Kaplan ruled in September that Trump is liable for defamation based on the jury’s findings from May.

Trial To Determine Damages

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The ongoing trial aims to determine the amount Trump will be required to pay in damages to E. Jean Carroll. In the previous case, the jury awarded Carroll $5 million; this time, she sought at least $10 million in damages.

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