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Trump’s retrial bid fails in sexual abuse and defamation case

Judge Kaplan, who presided over the original trial, wrote that the trial evidence demonstrated Trump “raped” Carroll in the plain sense of the word…reports Asian Lite News

Former US President Donald Trump has lost a retrial bid in a case in which a jury found him liable for sexually abusing and defaming columnist E Jean Carroll.

E. Jean Carroll, 79, had accused Trump of raping her in a Manhattan department store dressing room in the mid-1990s, and then branding the incident a hoax in an October 2022 post on his Truth Social platform.

The jury found Trump guilty of battering the columnist, but stopped short of finding the former President guilty of rape.

Trump has been ordered to pay $5 million in damages.

The former President’s attorneys had argued in their bid for a new trial that “the Court should order a new trial on damages or grant remittitur because contrary to Plaintiff’s claim of rape, the Jury found that she was not raped but was sexually abused by defendant during the 1995/1996 Bergdorf Goodman incident”.

In a 59-page decision on Wednesday, US District judge Lewis Kaplan ruled the jury did not reach “a seriously erroneous result”, in calculating the amount of damages, as argued by Trump’s lawyers, and dismissed his request for a new trial.

Judge Kaplan, who presided over the original trial, wrote that the trial evidence demonstrated Trump “raped” Carroll in the plain sense of the word.

“The finding that Ms Carroll failed to prove that she was ‘raped’ within the meaning of the New York Penal Law does not mean that she failed to prove that Mr Trump ‘raped’ her as many people commonly understand the word ‘rape’,” the BBC quoted Judge Kaplan as saying.

“Indeed, as the evidence at trial recounted below makes clear, the jury found that Mr Trump in fact did exactly that.”

Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer representing Carroll, celebrated the ruling.

“E Jean Carroll looks forward to receiving the $5 million in damages that the jury awarded her,” she told the BBC, adding that her client also looked forward to “continuing to hold Trump accountable” in a further defamation trial scheduled to begin early next year.

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Former UK peer Nazir Ahmed to face retrial

In February, the trial was halted and the court had stayed the case…reports Asian Lite News.

A former British-Pakistani peer, will face trial over charges of child sex abuse after the Court of Appeal in the UK ruled criminal proceedings against him should continue.

Nazir Ahmed, who was earlier known as the Lord Ahmed of Rotherham before he resigned from the House of Lords last year, has been accused of sexually abusing two younger children in the 1970s when he was a teenager, The News International reported.

In February, the trial was halted and the court had stayed the case. However, on Wednesday the Court of Appeal announced that it had overturned that ruling.

“The case will now be retried at a future date in the crown court,” said Lord Justice Fulford at a brief hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. “These proceedings should continue before a different judge,” the judge added.

The 63-year-old Nazir was on trial at Sheffield Crown Court charged with a number of sexual offences. Besides Nazir, his two brothers, Mohammed Farouq, 70, and Mohammed Tariq, 65, are also accused of the “indecent assault” but are not fit to plead and face a trial of the facts.

Lord Nazir with Pannun (right) attending a press conference in London (File)

Reportedly, the allegations came to light in 2016 when a man and a woman contacted the police, more than 40 years after the alleged assaults took place.

In November last year, Nazir had announced his retirement from the Upper House of the UK’s Parliament amid charges of sexual misconduct. Nazir had resigned amid reports that a House of Lords Conduct Committee recommended that he should have been expelled.

Though Nazir’s tainted credentials are well known, the Pakistani media had covered up his ouster as voluntary retirement. (ANI)

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