This level of corruption and hate for a person, like Donald Trump, has never been seen before?
During the recent proceedings of the second defamation case filed by E. Jean Carroll against Donald Trump, his attorney Alina Habba faced a stern reprimand and even jail time from U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan. The incident unfolded in the courtroom, with Kaplan warning Habba that she was close to facing imprisonment, stating, “You are on the verge of spending some time in the lockup. Now, sit down.”
The reprimand came after an incident where Habba, along with another Trump attorney, Michael Madaio, attempted to include a slide in their presentation that featured X posts not previously entered as evidence. According to reports by Politico’s Erica Orden and The Messenger’s Adam Klasfeld, this occurred just before the commencement of opening statements.
This ongoing civil trial in New York is a continuation of the previous lawsuit in which Carroll prevailed against Trump in May 2023. In that case, a different jury found Trump liable for sexual abuse and defamation against Carroll, awarding her $5 million in damages. The current trial revolves around Carroll seeking over $10 million in damages based on Trump’s 2019 statements denying the assault and insinuating that she fabricated the attack for book sales.
The courtroom drama further escalated as the trial was briefly postponed due to a juror contracting COVID, during which Trump took to social media, posting extensively about Carroll and asserting that his past denials are protected under absolute immunity.
Apart from the scolding directed at Habba, Judge Kaplan also criticized both Trump and his lawyer for being tardy to court during closing arguments. Additionally, Habba mishandled an opportunity to challenge the admissibility of crucial evidence – a video clip submitted by Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, featuring Trump dismissing Carroll’s accusations as a “rigged deal” and a “fabricated story.” The exchange between Habba and Judge Kaplan highlighted procedural missteps, further contributing to the tense courtroom atmosphere.