Mistrial Requested in E. Jean Carroll Case Following Accusations of Bias Against Trump
In a recent legal development, former U.S. president Donald Trump's lawyer, Joe Tacopina, has filed an 18-page letter accusing U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan of bias against his client. The letter suggests that Kaplan has shown favoritism towards the opposing party, which has affected the proceedings of the trial.
The case involves accusations made by writer E. Jean Carroll, who has accused Trump of raping her in a department store dressing room in the mid-1990s and then defaming her
by calling her claims a "complete con Donald Trump has been accused by E. Jean Carroll of raping her in a department store dressing room, and later, he defamed her by labeling her claims a "complete con job" and a "hoax and a lie" on his social media platform, Truth Social.
Trump has denied the allegations and maintained his innocence.
Tacopina has requested a mistrial or, failing that, for Kaplan to correct the record and grant him more
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freedom to cross-examine Carroll. He argues that Kaplan's biased rulings have compromised the fairness of the trial.
Carroll's lawyers have not yet responded to the request.
It should be noted that requests for mistrials based on the judge's own statements are often unlikely to succeed, and can be used as grounds for future appeals.
According to the letter submitted by Joe Tacopina, he should have been granted the opportunity to question E. Jean Carroll as to why she did
not attempt to obtain the security camera footage of the alleged rape. Tacopina also believes that he should have been given the chance to ask E. Jean Carroll about the reason behind her decision not to report the alleged rape to the police. However, it remains to be seen whether Kaplan will grant him this opportunity.
As the trial continues, both sides will continue to argue their cases, and it remains to be seen what the final outcome will be.