The Thursday Appeals Court in New York on Thursday decided that President Trump should face a libel suit filed by former " Student "Summer Zervos", one of about ten women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct shortly before the 2016 election.
The ruling means that Zervos lawyers may have the opportunity to raise the issue of Tramp under oath in the coming months.
] Trump called Zervos and other women who accused him of "liars," which prompted Zervos to sue until 2017. Trump advocates tried unsuccessfully to block the lawsuit, arguing that the president was not immune from such lawsuits in the state court.
In its decision on Thursday, the panel of New York Appeal Judges dismissed this argument, referring to the decision of the US Supreme Court in Clinton v. Jones which established that the President could be sued while in office for informal actions Two of the judges who are part of the board disagree in part.
"Unlike the defendant's assertions, Clinton vs. Jones does not consider that his arguments will not be applied to actions of state courts," said the majority judge. – She only identified a potential constitutional concern. Despite this concern, this court should not be discouraged by the fact that the state court may exercise jurisdiction over the President as a defendant in a civil suit.
The Zervos law group congratulated the ruling as saying that Trump was "no higher
" The case was held in the court of first instance and the opening is ongoing, "said Marianne Wang, Zervos lawyer. "We are looking forward to bringing the jury to the jury that Mrs. Zervos told the truth about the undesirable sexual encroachment of the defendant and his responsibility for the malicious lie."
The current schedule sets the deadline for June 28 for documents and electronic documents. The opening is expected by the end of July.
Lawyer Tramp, Mark Casowitz, disagreed with the ruling and said that the president plans to appeal to the New York Court of Appeals, "which we expect to agree with
" We believe that a well-founded disagreement 2 of 5 Referring to the decision of the US Supreme Court in Clinton v. Jones, the judge rightly believes that the provisions on Prejudice in the US Constitution are prohibited. state courts deal with the president when he or she is in office, "Casowitz said in a statement.
The lawyer of the organization Trump did not immediately respond to a request for a comment.
Ervos argued that Trump forcibly kissed and cheated her during a meeting in December 2007 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. Trump denies these allegations
Another lawsuit against the slander for the action of actress Stormy Daniels was released by a federal judge in October. Daniel, whose name is Stephanie Clifford, claimed that Trump had despised her when he suggested that she had lied that she was threatened to remain silent about their likely relationship to the past.
In dismissal of the case of Daniels, the US District Judge S. James Otero wrote that Daniel was introduced as "the political opponent" of Trump and that "rhetorical hyperbole" Trump was a protected language.
But the case of Zervos is different in several key aspects, experts say. Attorney, Michael Avenati, Zervos and her lawyers took on a smart approach, a step that could help them to nullify the claim that the claim is politically motivated.
The Zervos case is also based on more than ten statements by Trump that she and other women have made false allegations against him. In the Daniels case, there was only one Trump statement
Mark Berman, Alice Critz and Elise Vibeck took part in this report.