Trump comes out fighting: Donald’s lawyers reveal how they plan to challenge $83.3 MILLION jury verdict in E Jean Carroll case – as they discover ‘startling link between the writer and the judge’
Donald Trump’s lawyers intend to appeal against E. Jean Carroll against his staggering $83.3 million loss of interests, arguing that there was an ‘insane’ conflict of interest at the heart of the case.
The former president’s legal team will appeal on the grounds that there was a conflict of interest between Carroll’s lawyer and the judge presiding over her case.
Alina Habba, Trump’s firearms attorney, claimed she was unaware that Judge Lewis Kaplan and Carroll’s attorney Roberta Kaplan — who is not related — worked together in the early 1990s, with the judge serving as her “mentor,” reports the New York Post.
‘It was never made public. It’s insane and so disgraceful,’ Habba said, arguing that their alleged close relationship was never made public and she only became aware of it after the case was settled.
Former President Trump’s legal team is set to appeal author E. Jean Carroll’s stunning $83.3 million loss of interests between Carroll’s attorney and the judge presiding over the case.
On Friday, a jury awarded Carroll (pictured center, with her legal team after their victory) more than $60 million more than she sought for Trump’s scathing comments about her allegations that he groped her in a Manhattan department store in the 1990s raped Trump insisted he never met her
Habba continued: ‘This is news to us. We are going to include this in our appeal and take appropriate measures. The fact that it was not disclosed is an ethical breach.’
Allegations of a conflict of interest were reinforced by an anonymous former Weiss partner, who reportedly claimed Roberta Kaplan – a junior associate – made an extra effort to stand out from the managing partners.
“Lew was like her mentor,” they claimed.
Before becoming a founding partner at the law firm Kaplan, Keckler & Fink in 2016, Roberta Kaplan practiced law with Paul, Weiss Rifkin, Wharton & Garrison in Manhattan.
She started at the firm in 1992, according to her LinkedIn, where Judge Kaplan was a partner until he was appointed to the federal bench in 1994 by President Bill Clinton.
In a statement to the Post, Roberta Kaplan’s representative, Zak Sawyer, denied that there was any conflict of interest and said the two hardly knew each other.
“They overlapped for less than two years at a large law firm in the early 1990s when he was a senior partner and she was a junior associate and she never worked for him,” he said.
Alina Habba (pictured) Trump’s firing lawyer claimed she was unaware that Judge Lewis Kaplan and Carroll’s lawyer Roberta Kaplan – who is not related – worked together in the early 1990s.
Judge Lewis Kaplan, who clashed several times with Trump’s legal team in the heated trial, is said to have been a ‘mentor’ to Roberta Kaplan in the early 1990s
Roberta Kaplan (pictured) crossed paths with Lewis Kaplan at a Manhattan law firm for two years from 1992 to 1994. A representative for the attorney denied any conflict of interest, saying “she never worked for him.”
Attorney Roberta Kaplan (left) hugs E. Jean Carroll (right) as they leave Manhattan Federal Court on January 18, 2024 in New York City
Judge Kaplan clashed with Trump’s legal team on numerous occasions in the heated defamation trial, including threatening to ‘lock up’ Habba as she continually interrupted proceedings.
The defamation trial ended in dramatic fashion on Friday, as a jury awarded Carroll more than $60 million more in damages than she bargained for.
A civil court jury last year found Trump liable for sexually abusing Carroll in a Manhattan department store, with his comments following the decision that led to the defamation trial that ended this week.
Trump was ordered to pay the amount because he accused Carroll of lying when she accused him of sexually assaulting her, insisting throughout that he never even met her.
The huge damages awarded Friday came as a surprise even to Carroll, who broke down in tears and hugged her legal team as she won tens of millions more than expected.
Carroll, and her attorneys Kaplan and Shawn Crowley, looked at each other excitedly as the judge asked what the ‘m’ on the jury verdict form meant.
“Million,” replied the foreman.
She and her legal team then composed themselves as the judge closed the proceedings – while Trump’s legal team looked stunned and stony.
The author broke down in tears and hugged her lawyers when the verdict was delivered (seen in a court artist’s rendering on Friday)
When the decision came, Trump was already on his way to the airport, as he flew to Nevada for his next campaign event in the Republican primaries – while continuing to paint the legal cases against him, including Carroll’s, as politically motivated.
The former president has already vowed to appeal the ruling, calling the case a “Biden-targeted witch hunt.”
After the verdict to Truth Social, Trump declared that the trial was proof that there is ‘no more Justice in America.’
He mocked the ruling as ‘absolutely ridiculous’ and added: ‘Our justice system is broken and unfair!’
“I strongly disagree with both statements, and will appeal this entire Biden-directed witch hunt focused on me and the Republican Party,” he continued.
‘Our legal system is out of control and being used as a political weapon. They took away all First Amendment rights. THIS IS NOT AMERICA!’ He did not provide evidence that President Biden directed Carroll’s decision to seek monetary damages after Trump called her a liar and a “whack job.”
He followed up with another angry post later Friday night. ‘There is no more Justice in America. Our justice system is broken and unfair!’ he posted.
Trump blasted the verdict minutes after the jury hit him with $83.3 million in damages
Donald Trump’s defense attorney, Alina Habba, said she was ‘proud’ to defend the former president as he was ripped into the legal system after the E. Jean Carroll $83.3 million verdict
As her client tore into the verdict from a runway, Habba issued a scathing rebuke of the trial from the steps of the courthouse, ripping into the justice system she considers “weaponized.”
The lawyer said her client was being targeted because he was leading in the polls, and raised a number of alleged issues with the hearing – the day before she says she became aware of the alleged ‘conflict of interest’.
Habba, who has defended Trump in several New York cases, told the media she was not allowed to introduce evidence and claimed one of her witnesses was paid by the law firm of Carroll’s lawyer.
“I have no second thoughts about representing President Trump,” Habba told reporters in an impassioned speech as she walked out of Manhattan federal court moments after the damages were read in court.
“It’s the proudest thing I’ve ever been able to do,” she added.
“I’ve been sitting trial after trial in this state for months … and now we see what you get in New York.
“I am so proud to stand with President Trump. But I am not proud to stand by what I saw in that courtroom.
“Before I walked into court, that judge ruled that every single defense that President Trump has, we’re not allowed to speak to the jury.
“It’s in writing and I encourage the journalists, the real journalists, to take a minute to look at his orders.”