In a letter filed Monday night, Trump attorney Joe Tacobina asked Judge Louis Kaplan to “correct the record of every instance in which the court misrepresented the facts of this case to the jury” or grant him more time. In cross-examination E. Jean Carroll.
“Here, despite only two days of trial testimony, defendant is already replete with numerous examples of unfair treatment by the court, most of which have been evidenced by the jury,” the letter states.
Carroll sued Trump for allegedly raping her at a Bergdorf Goodman department store in the mid-1990s, and later accused Trump of defamation when he denied the claim, suggesting she wasn’t his type and made up the story to boost sales of her book. Carroll will be on the stand Monday for a second day of cross-examination of Tacobina. Trump has denied any wrongdoing.
The judge’s ruling on the issues raised by Dacopina was limited to Carroll asking additional questions about Carroll’s efforts to obtain security camera footage from the department store. department store during the alleged assault, and called some lines of the defense attorney’s questioning before the jury “arguable.”
It is unusual for a judge to declare a mistrial based on his own statement during a trial.