Trump Defamation Trial Delayed Due to Juror's COVID

Monday January 22, 2024 - 22:02:15
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Former US President Donald Trump departs after speaking to the press after attending the civil fraud trial against the Trump Organization in New York State Supreme Court, in New York City on January 11, 2024. JOHN LAMPARSKI/AFP via Getty Images
Former US President Donald Trump departs after speaking to the press after attending the civil fraud trial against the Trump Organization in New York State Supreme Court, in New York City on January 11, 2024. JOHN LAMPARSKI/AFP via Getty Images
New York (diplomat.so) - The defamation trial against former President Donald Trump faced an unexpected delay as a juror reported COVID symptoms on Monday, the day before the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary. The civil case, in which Trump has expressed his intention to testify, was temporarily put on hold after the juror, as well as one of Trump's lawyers with a separate exposure, exhibited symptoms of fever.
During the federal court session in New York, Judge Lewis Kaplan informed the proceedings, stating, "We sent him home... We will not take testimony today, we will take the day off," referring to juror number three. The delay, announced on Monday, will be reviewed on Tuesday to determine if the trial, which is in its final stages, can proceed.

E. Jean Carroll, a prominent writer, is pursuing damages exceeding $10 million for defamation by Trump, who was previously found liable for sexual assault against her by another New York civil jury. Trump, facing four serious criminal cases, including allegations of attempting to overturn the 2020 election results, has been shuttling between New York for legal proceedings and New Hampshire for campaign stops.

Despite being twice impeached as president and confronting multiple legal challenges, Trump has maintained a strong hold on the Republican party. The New Hampshire primary is considered a crucial opportunity for potential contender Haley to challenge Trump's dominance.

A recent Washington Post/Monmouth poll released on Monday indicated Trump, 77, enjoying 52 percent support in New Hampshire, with Haley trailing at 34 percent. The primary is seen as a pivotal moment for Haley to curtail Trump's influence within the Republican party.

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