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Judge lets fraud case against Donald Trump proceed

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Crabtownboy, Aug 3, 2016.

  1. Crabtownboy

    Crabtownboy Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2008
    A federal judge denied Donald Trump's effort to have a fraud case involving Trump University thrown out because there was "a genuine issue" about whether Trump "knowingly participated" in a fraud scheme.
    The judge did, however, rule that Trump's videotaped depositions in the case would remain sealed.

    U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel's reason for keeping the videotapes sealed was to avoid a "media frenzy" before the trial.

    "There is every reason to believe that release of the deposition videos would contribute to an on-going 'media frenzy' that would increase the difficulty of seating an impartial jury," Curiel saidin his ruling on Tuesday.

    A number of media outlets, including CNN, had requested that the court release the deposition videos on the grounds that the "need for transparency could not be greater" given the nomination of Trump as the Republican presidential candidate.

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    "The strong public interest in this case, which involves serious allegations of fraud that have become a prominent issue in the 2016 presidential campaign, weighs in favor of public disclosure of materials produced in the course of the litigation," the media outlets noted in their request to the court.

    But Curiel said the election is one of the reasons he chose to allow the tapes to remain sealed. He wrote that because Trump's deposition would likely be cut and used in political advertisements and media reports, it would expose potential jurors to information before the trial -- which could taint the outcome of the case.

    In a separate ruling, Curiel denied Trump's motion asking the judge to throw the case out.

    "The court finds that plaintiff has raised a genuine issue of material fact as to whether defendant knowingly participated in the scheme to defraud," the judge wrote.

  2. Don

    Don Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    Trump should be throwing his hands up in the air and demanding, "What does it matter?" And then claiming that the judge verified that he wasn't guilty of fraud.
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  3. Lewis

    Lewis Active Member

    Dec 12, 2013
    One interesting bit about the lawsuit is that the San Diego law firm (Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd) who filed the suit against Trump has a record of suing individuals and companies who have plenty of $$.

    They sued Enron, won a $7 billion settlement, and $688 million to keep for themselves. Not bad huh. Go where the money is.

    Oh, and as a side note, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd have paid the Clintons $675,000 in fees for speeches since 2009.