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Judge scolds Trump’s lawyers, asking “why on Earth” they didn’t object to Stormy Daniels’ testimony

Judge scolds Trump’s lawyers, asking “why on Earth” they didn’t object to Stormy Daniels’ testimony

[ad_1] Judge Juan Merchan on Thursday scolded Donald Trump’s lawyer, Susan Necheles, for failing to raise more objections during adult film star Stormy Daniels’ testimony. He then denied Trump’s motion for a mistrial for the second time this week. Merchan said his rejection of the mistrial motion was based on his observation of the defense team’s action, or inaction, when Daniels was on the stand. There were “many times Ms. Necheles could have objected but didn’t,” Merchan said. As he had on Tuesday, the judge acknowledged that he did not approve of certain parts of Daniels’ testimony. However, he didn’t seem to approve of Necheles’ performance either, questioning why the defense wouldn’t object to Daniels’ allegations on Tuesday that Trump did not use a condom when they had sex. “Why on Earth she wouldn’t object to the mention of a condom, I don’t understand,” Merchand said, The Washington Post reported. Trump’s legal team pushed for a mistrial on Thursday based on Daniel’s testimony where she didn’t explicitly say her sexual encounter was rape but expressed …

“This is embarrassing”: Law professors skewer Trump lawyer’s “lying women” defense

“This is embarrassing”: Law professors skewer Trump lawyer’s “lying women” defense

[ad_1] What the Manhattan jury weighing the case against Donald Trump makes of adult film star and director Stormy Daniels’ testimony this week could hinge on societal perception of “lying women,” according to a leading feminist legal theorist and former Manhattan prosecutor. “All of us are shaped by a culture that casts accusers as unreliable sources of information,” Deborah Tuerkheimer, also a professor at Northwestern Law, told Salon. Tuerkheimer, the author of the book “CREDIBLE: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers,” said female caricatures such as the gold digger seeking fortune above all, or the scorned woman seeking revenge, or the regretful woman ruing consensual sex, are ubiquitous. “The ready availability of certain stock representations of lying women makes it easy for us to disbelieve,” Tuerkheimer wrote in her book. On Thursday, Daniels faced additional cross-examination by Trump’s defense team and a round of questions from prosecutors — with the defense seeking to portray Daniels as having entirely made up the story of the sexual encounter on the basis of her salacious background, her …

“Not unlike Mr. Trump”: Stormy Daniels hits back at lawyer’s suggestion that she’s cashing in

“Not unlike Mr. Trump”: Stormy Daniels hits back at lawyer’s suggestion that she’s cashing in

[ad_1] It was a curious approach, given the client. On Thursday, defense attorney Susan Necheles, during more than two hours of cross-examination, sought to paint adult film star Stormy Daniels as a merch-hawking grifter. In particular, Necheles highlighted a social media post that Daniels penned the day that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg indicted Donald Trump on 34 counts of falsifying business records. In the March 2023 post, Daniels thanks fans for offering their support, saying she doesn’t “want to spill my champagne” and noting that “merch/autograph orders are pouring in.” Among items for sale on Daniels’ website is a faux-votive candle, dubbed “Stormy, Saint of Indictments,” and a comic book that celebrates her story. “You’re celebrating the indictment by selling things from your store?” Necheles asked Thursday. “Not unlike Mr. Trump,” Daniels responded. CNN’s Kaitlin Collins noted that Trump has indeed fundraised off his legal troubles, selling merchandise, for example, that features his Georgia mug shot. “They brag about how much money he has made and raised when he has been indicted, each time …

Jurors won’t like it”: Experts say Trump lawyer’s victim-shaming of Stormy Daniels was a “disaster

Jurors won’t like it”: Experts say Trump lawyer’s victim-shaming of Stormy Daniels was a “disaster

[ad_1] Trump defense attorney Susan Necheles did not listen to her critics. Instead of dialing back the aggressiveness she showed Tuesday, when she first began cross-examining Stormy Daniels, she leaned into it on Thursday, deploying what an NBC legal analyst referred to as the “nutty and slutty” attack. Daniels earlier in week discussed in at-times mortifying detail an alleged sexual encounter she had with Donald Trump in 2006. Her account was in fact so detailed as to upset the judge, who said some of her testimony went beyond what should have been said in the courtroom. Necheles could have moved on, content to show that Daniels has no idea whether the former president falsified business records to cover up the $130,000 hush payment received. Instead, as NBC’s Lisa Rubin noted, she engaged in a “constant” effort to paint Daniels as promiscuous and unreliable, quizzing her about everything from sexual partners to a side hustle involving tarot cards. “You claimed to be able to speak with people’s dead relatives, right?” Necheles asked, to which Daniels responded: …

“Colossal blunder”: Legal experts warn Trump lawyer’s “bullying” of Stormy Daniels may backfire

“Colossal blunder”: Legal experts warn Trump lawyer’s “bullying” of Stormy Daniels may backfire

[ad_1] To remain in Donald Trump’s good graces as one of his lawyers, it helps to be seen as aggressively fighting for his interests – even if, by doing so, one actually undermines them. Take the multiple contempt hearings that have now been held in Trump’s Manhattan criminal trial. Rather than concede his client crossed a line, maybe confused about what was and wasn’t allowed in Judge Juan Merchan’s gag order, attorney Todd Blanche powered through with a “did nothing wrong and would probably do it again” defense, claiming a constitutional right to attack jurors and witness. It has, to date, resulted in Trump being found in violation new fewer than 10 times and threatened with incarceration. Following Stormy Daniels’ at times disturbing testimony on Tuesday, in which the adult film star described in intimate detail an alleged sexual encounter in a hotel room with the former president, it came as no surprise that Trump’s defense team sought to undermine her credibility. Given this task was Susan Necheles, who had to that point taken a …

Experts: Trump lawyers “went too far” — but Stormy Daniels testimony may give them ammo for appeal

Experts: Trump lawyers “went too far” — but Stormy Daniels testimony may give them ammo for appeal

[ad_1] Adult film star and director Stormy Daniels provided graphic detail in her 2006 sexual encounter with Trump during her testimony Tuesday in Manhattan – but legal experts say whether the tryst ever happened is irrelevant to prosecutors’ case and that Daniels’ explicit testimony could provide fodder for Trump’s appeal. “Whether they had sex and the details of that encounter, doesn’t matter to the central question of whether he falsified payments, and whether he did it to win the election,” Fordham Law School professor Cheryl Bader told Salon. “Even if even if she made up the whole story, it doesn’t give Trump license to violate campaign finance rules,” Bader said. Bader said prosecutors likely wanted to pump up the veracity of Daniels’ story to make it easier for jurors to believe that Trump was trying to cover something up. Prosecutors probably felt they could “sell the case better” if jurors believe the affair actually happened “rather than Daniels was making it up,” Bader said. “What’s relevant is that Trump was consumed with making sure the American people …

‘Nobody seems interested’ in helping Rudy Giuliani with accounting duties in bankruptcy case, lawyers claim

‘Nobody seems interested’ in helping Rudy Giuliani with accounting duties in bankruptcy case, lawyers claim

[ad_1] Rudy Giuliani is having a hard time finding someone to help with the accounting duties in his bankruptcy case and may have to do it on his own, lawyers said in a filing Tuesday. According to the filing, Giuliani had an accountant helping him meet the accounting obligations in the case, but “he had a change of heart and indicated that he no longer wished to help prepare the monthly operating reports.” Giuliani has reached out to “a number of accounting firms” for their help, “however, no one seems interested in taking the assignment.” Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, filed for bankruptcy in December, just days after a jury ordered him to pay a staggering $148 million to two former Georgia election workers who he falsely claimed committed election fraud in 2020. In the months leading up to his bankruptcy filing, Giuliani defended against increasing legal troubles for his role in former President Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. The filing Tuesday was meant to explain why Giuliani had not …

They’re going to blame the accountant”: Expert says Trump lawyers set up witness to be “fall guy

They’re going to blame the accountant”: Expert says Trump lawyers set up witness to be “fall guy

[ad_1] As the third week of testimony in Donald Trump’s criminal trial in Manhattan begins, prosecutors are launching into the financial nitty gritty of the catch-and-kill scheme that quashed salacious stories about the then-presidential candidate as the 2016 election approached. One key issue is whether the $420,000 that Trump paid to his former fixer and attorney Michael Cohen was to pay Cohen back for paying off adult film star Stormy Daniels to the tune of $130,000.  On Monday, former Trump Organization controller Jeff McConney testified that he was told Trump was reimbursing Cohen for an unknown reason. McConney said former Trump chief financial officer Allan Weisselberg told him the payments should be “grossed up” to help cover Cohen’s state, federal and city taxes, NBC News reported.  In Trump counsel Todd Blanche’s opening statements, he acknowledged Daniels signed an NDA in October 2016 in exchange for $130,000. But, he told jurors: “you’re going to learn this was not a payback. The $35,000 a month was not a payback to Mr. Cohen for the money that he …

Trump’s lawyers are trying to use his trial to generate conspiracy theories — but it’s not working

Trump’s lawyers are trying to use his trial to generate conspiracy theories — but it’s not working

[ad_1] Donald Trump’s lawyers famously spend a lot of their time placating their client’s narcissistic delusions, even at the expense of their purported priority of keeping him out of prison. It’s not just the over-the-top belligerence that Trump demands from his lawyers, which runs the risk of angering both the judge and the jury, Trump wants his lawyers to stick to his preposterous claims that he’s never done anything wrong. He wants to pretend that he’s the most perfect man who ever lived and that anyone who says otherwise has some secret agenda to victimize him.  As this trial goes on, the defense team has adopted Trump’s favored tactic of floating conspiracy theories to explain away the mounting pile of evidence against him. In some cases, they may be trying to convince at least one juror the conspiracy theory is the same as reasonable doubt. But there appears to be another audience they’re trying to reach: Trump’s MAGA fans. Telling such an obvious whopper to a jury seems like it will backfire by making them …

D.C. appeals court temporarily suspends ex-Trump lawyer’s law license 

D.C. appeals court temporarily suspends ex-Trump lawyer’s law license 

[ad_1] The D.C. Court of Appeals has temporarily suspended the law license of former President Trump’s ex-lawyer following a similar order made in late March by a California State Bar Court.  Former Trump attorney John Eastman’s license is suspended in D.C. pending a final disposition in the California court proceedings, chief judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals, Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, said in an order filed on Friday.  A California judge in late March recommended disbarring Eastman due to his “false and misleading statements” regarding his claims of 2020 election fraud and the role of “provoking” the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. State Bar Judge Yvette Roland also recommended that he pay $10,000 in monetary sanctions.  This week, Roland shut down Eastman’s request to remove the suspension of his license, stating on Wednesday he was not able to prove he’s not a “threat to the public.”  The California Supreme Court will give a ruling regarding the case which Eastman, Chapman Law School’s former dean, can appeal.  Roland, the California judge, found him guilty of …