On Tuesday(09/05/2023), Former President Donald Trump appealed the Jury Verdict in the E. Jean Carroll S*xual Assault Case in Manhattan that found him guilty of s*xually assaulting E. Jean Carroll in a luxury department store dressing room in the spring of 1996.
We intend to file an appeal of the decision. Trump called it a “disgrace” in one of several films uploaded to Truth Social.
Trump has repeatedly claimed that he was unaware of Carroll’s existence and considered the trial “very unfair.”
In the most significant loss for the former President, the jury awarded Carroll nearly $5 million in damages for s*xual battery and slander.
Trump has said that “we have to fight this stuff” somehow. We should not let our country fall into this trap. This is a shameful act.
Trump intends to fight back.👇
LATEST: In a statement, former Pres. Trump called the verdict "a disgrace," and a spokesperson said they would appeal. https://t.co/GOS0uLfMij
— ABC News (@ABC) May 9, 2023
Details of the burden of proof placed on E. Jean Carroll
A federal jury found former President Donald Trump responsible for violence and defamation against author E. Jean Carroll and awarded her $5 million in damages.👇
A federal jury has found Donald Trump guilty of sexual abuse and defamation or E. Jean Carroll.
The writer accused the former president of attacking her in a department store dressing room in the 1990s.https://t.co/4zbiQiUTFd
— POLITICOEurope (@POLITICOEurope) May 9, 2023
In Manhattan federal court, a panel heard Carroll’s claims that Trump s*xually assaulted her in the dressing room of Bergdorf Goodman’s lingerie department in the spring of 1996 and then defamed her in an online post made last October.
The President denied the claims and called the decision “simply a disgrace” on Tuesday.
Citing the “New York State Adult Survivors Act,” a state law that allows victims to file lawsuits years after the statute of limitations has passed, Carroll filed her action in November of 2018.
The proceedings before the court are not criminal. In a civil complaint like Carroll’s, the burden of proof lies with the plaintiff, and the jury had to decide whether Carroll’s legal team had shown that Trump committed battery against Carroll.
For Carroll’s defamation claim to be successful, the jury had to agree with her lawyers that Trump published the comment about Carroll last year, knowing it was untrue and intentionally subjecting him to public ridicule.
They also had to decide that she had produced sufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Trump knowingly lied. Proof beyond a reasonable doubt is higher than the preponderance of evidence standard, or clear and persuasive evidence standard, employed in criminal trials. Compared to “more likely than not,” “clear and convincing evidence” carries more weight clear and credible evidence proving beyond a reasonable doubt that a particular statement is true.
BREAKING: In E. Jean Carroll's defamation case against Donald Trump, the jury has held the former president liable for sexual abuse, awarding Carroll $5 million in damages after just three hours of deliberation.https://t.co/hiFX6XDPwW
— Rebel News USA (@RebelNews_USA) May 9, 2023
The jury’s verdict had to be unanimous, but individual jurors could find either battery or defamation.
McCarthy refused to state whether or not he supported Trump following the verdict. What other Republicans are saying
In a civil case made by E. Jean Carroll, a New York jury found that former President Donald Trump was violent and lied about her. On Tuesday, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy refused to say whether he would support Trump.
I’ve never met Donald Trump, but I’ve heard what he had to say about the situation, so I can say, “I understand what the President [Trump] said.” This is what the President said, and I don’t have any reason to doubt him.
When reporters asked him, he said, “Yeah, I believe the president.”Meanwhile, Republican Senator Kevin Cramer said the verdict was a big deal.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy: "Yes I believe the president" on E. Jean Carroll accusation. pic.twitter.com/zPcndm6hMI
— The Hill (@thehill) June 25, 2019
Cramer stated, “I would much rather have a president that does not have that history, but at some point, there will be a binary choice, and then we will make it.”
Although the conviction is “not even disqualifying to the American people,” according to the senator from North Dakota, it does raise questions about Trump’s viability as a presidential candidate.
Sen. Mitt Romney, a fierce critic of the former President, has said he thinks the decision will lead the American people to believe the former leader is unfit to be President.
BREAKING: Republican Sen. Mitt Romney torches Donald Trump after he lost his sexual abuse lawsuit to E. Jean Carroll, says Trump is "just not suited to be President of the United States" and he cannot be the person we "hold up" to "our children and the world" as the "leader of… pic.twitter.com/sI3Fk1MOKs
— Occupy Democrats (@OccupyDemocrats) May 9, 2023
He was found guilty of s*xual assault by a jury of his friends, which also awarded $5 million in damages to the victim.
McCarthy told White House reporters as he left an Oval Office meeting with President Joe Biden about the debt cap, “You know what I was doing in this meeting—let me find out what happened.
McCarthy told reporters in 2019 that he agreed with Trump’s account of what happened and that Carroll’s claims were false.
Jean Carroll hailed the verdict in her legal case against the late President Donald Trump as a triumph for abuse victims. On Tuesday, a jury decided that Trump was responsible for harassing and s*xually abusing Carroll.
Carroll stated, “I filed this lawsuit against Donald Trump to clear my name and to get my life back.” “Today, the truth is finally known by everyone. This victory belongs to all women who have suffered from being disbelieved, not just me. She also thanked everyone who supported her and her legal team.
She thanked her lawyers and supporters.
Carroll’s lawyer Roberta Kaplan praised her for speaking up and seeking justice. “No one is above the law, not even a former President of the United States,” Kaplan added.
“For too long, s*xual assault survivors faced doubt and intimidation. “We hope and believe today’s verdict will be an important step in tearing that wall down,” Kaplan said, adding, “This is a victory not only for E. Jean Carroll, but for democracy itself, and all survivors everywhere.”
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