NY Judge Rules Trump Can be Deposed by Victims

Gloria Allred wins a round in the Summer Zervos lawsuit. The Judge cited the Paula Jones case as one authority for the proposition that a lawsuit can proceed against a sitting President.

The decision by Justice Jennifer Schecter of State Supreme Court in Manhattan paved the way for lawyers to seek depositions from several women who accused Mr. Trump of sexual harassment before he was elected and to subpoena Trump campaign records related to his female accusers.

Justice Schecter rejected Mr. Trump’s argument that a state court has no jurisdiction over a sitting president. She cited a United States Supreme Court ruling that allowed Paula Jones to bring a sexual harassment suit against President Bill Clinton.

“No one is above the law,” Justice Schecter wrote. “It is settled that the president of the United States has no immunity and is ‘subject to the laws’ for purely private acts.”

It was after that ruling that Clinton and Jones settled with no admission of wrongdoing or apology. Will Trump do the same? Would Gloria and her clients accept a settlement with no admission of wrongdoing? My view: Of course. Money usually triumphs over principle.

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    Ain't it funny? (none / 0) (#1)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Mar 20, 2018 at 06:22:05 PM EST
    It all comes down to money.

    As in (none / 0) (#5)
    by linea on Tue Mar 20, 2018 at 07:11:40 PM EST
    wealthy people rarely face legal consequences because of their wealth?

    Not Quite (none / 0) (#2)
    by RCBadger on Tue Mar 20, 2018 at 06:47:30 PM EST
    Clinton settled after the case had been dismissed by the original trial judge and then sent back down to the judge for reconsideration by a notoriously anti-Clinton judging panel.  

    I don't think she will (none / 0) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Mar 20, 2018 at 06:51:22 PM EST
    Take the money.  But it certainly possible

    I think they want to depose him (none / 0) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Mar 20, 2018 at 07:05:47 PM EST
    Can she do the discovery part and then take the money.

    Or would there be no point?


    Sure she can (none / 0) (#8)
    by Peter G on Tue Mar 20, 2018 at 07:36:36 PM EST
    In fact, many civil cases are settled after the discovery phase discloses or highlights the strengths and weaknesses of each side's position.

    Would we still get to see (none / 0) (#9)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Mar 20, 2018 at 07:37:34 PM EST
    The deposition?

    If (none / 0) (#6)
    by FlJoe on Tue Mar 20, 2018 at 07:32:58 PM EST
    tRump settles with Zervos. wouldn't the rest of tRumps accusers follow with at least the threats of lawsuit? tRump called all of the accusers liars, so it seems they would all have the same case. If Allred gets a nice settlement, I'm sure that there will be plenty of lawsuits filed. Each and everyone of them will present the same quandary for tRump, face embarrassing years of discovery and a possible loss in court or just pay them all off.

    Maybe he will start (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Mar 20, 2018 at 07:35:53 PM EST
    A defense fund

    They could do fundraisers in churches and stuff


    Money triumphing (none / 0) (#10)
    by MKS on Tue Mar 20, 2018 at 07:38:01 PM EST
    over principle.

    Civil lawsuits are about money and not principle.  And, the sooner the participants accept that, the better off and more effective they are.

    Reading this blog lets one learn that criminal defense attorneys are about principle.  J and Peter show that.

    Yes (none / 0) (#11)
    by linea on Tue Mar 20, 2018 at 07:42:17 PM EST
    I totally agree with this legal ruling.

    This is from the Paula Jones Wikipedia entry:

    The Jones lawsuit also led to a landmark legal precedent by the U.S. Supreme Court which ruled that a sitting U.S. president is not exempt from civil litigation for acts committed outside of public office.

    Sorry! (none / 0) (#12)
    by linea on Tue Mar 20, 2018 at 07:51:14 PM EST