Trump Faces $83.3 Million Defamation Verdict: Experts Analyze Jury’s Decision
Former President Donald Trump has been ordered to pay a staggering $83.3 million in damages to writer E. Jean Carroll, concluding her defamation case against him.
Legal experts suggest that Trump’s demeanor in court and his legal team’s belligerent approach may have played a pivotal role in swaying the jury against him.
Jury Awards $60 Million More Than Sought: Trump Storms Out Before Verdict Announcement
The jury’s decision exceeded Carroll’s initial damages claim by $60 million, a fact that Trump, reportedly, was unaware of when he stormed out of the courtroom before the verdict was announced.
Carroll had previously won $5 million in damages for defamation after accusing Trump of sexual assault in the late 1990s.
Legal Expert Opinions on Trump’s Courtroom Conduct: Petulant and Disrespectful
Legal experts, including Chris Mattei and John Jones, commented on Trump’s conduct during the trial.
Mattei, a defamation lawyer, highlighted that jurors tend to respond negatively to defendants perceived as arrogant and rude.
Jones, a former federal judge, emphasized that Trump’s legal team also appeared self-important and obnoxious, contributing to a negative perception.
Trump’s Reaction and Vow to Appeal: Denounces ‘Broken and Unfair’ Judicial System
Following the verdict, Trump declared on Truth Social that there is ‘no longer Justice in America’ and vowed to appeal, labeling the case a ‘Biden Directed Witch Hunt.’
He expressed dissatisfaction with the ‘absolutely ridiculous’ verdict and criticized the perceived unfairness of the judicial system.
Lawyer’s Outburst and Claims of Injustice: Trump’s Attorney Alina Habba Rebukes Legal System
Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, known for her pugnacious approach, claimed outside the court that there was a ‘violation of our justice system.’
Despite being rebuked by Judge Lewis Kaplan, Habba insisted that Trump was denied the right to defend himself fully. She vowed an immediate appeal, aiming to set aside what she deemed a ‘ridiculous jury’ decision.
Payment Options and Financial Implications: Trump’s Potential Challenges
As Trump plans to appeal, he can choose to pay the $83.3 million to the court while the appeal is pending or attempt to secure a bond by paying a deposit and offering collateral.
Trump’s history of disputing prices with suppliers may come into play as he considers financial options.
Despite boasting of his wealth, Trump may face challenges in obtaining loans given his legal troubles.
Likelihood of Paying Damages: Trump’s Wealth and Ongoing Legal Battles
Experts note that Trump, with substantial property holdings and past financial transactions, is likely to have the means to pay the damages eventually.
The $83.3 million is not the only potential payout, as the New York attorney general seeks a $370 million penalty in a civil fraud trial.
Regardless of the legal landscape, E. Jean Carroll is expected to collect her awarded damages.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn