Saturday, July 08, 2017

Donald Trump's lawyers are desperately trying to get the Summer Zervos defamation case thrown out.

Courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter:  

Donald Trump is looking to end a defamation lawsuit brought by season-five Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos — or at least delay it until he leaves office. 

The dispute arose after tape was published of Trump boasting to Access Hollywood's Billy Bush about grabbing women's genitals. As Trump was under fire for his comments, Zervos came forward to accuse him of kissing her twice in 2007 and attacking her in a hotel room. “I never met her at a hotel,” responded Trump, who would also attack allegations from his accusers as "100 percent fabricated and made-up charges, pushed strongly by the media and the Clinton campaign." 

Zervos claims she's been branded as a liar, and while she's only seeking $2,914 in actual damages (though potentially more in punitive damages), her attorney, Gloria Allred, has expressed that she is looking forward to taking “far-reaching” depositions and asking "many questions he may not wish to answer, but will be required to answer."

Trump's lawyers are using a number of tactics to get this case thrown out, such as accusing Zervos' attorney Gloria Allred of being politically motivated, saying that you cannot sue a sitting president in a New York court, and finally that Trump's statements are protected by the First Amendment,

No seriously, the 1st Amendment:

"The allegedly defamatory statements were made during a national political campaign that involved heated public debate in political forums," writes Kasowitz. "Statements made in that context are properly viewed by courts as part of the expected fiery rhetoric, hyperbole, and opinion that is squarely protected by the First Amendment."

So essentially the lawyer is suggesting that Trump just said controversial things to attract support and did not necessarily mean any of it to be taken literally.

So when he accused Zervos of being a liar, that was just political hyperbole?

Somehow I don't think that is going to pass the smell test.

Also keep in mind that though this is a defamation case the initial accusations were that Trump sexually assaulted this young woman, and the fact that he is hiding behind the 1st Amendment to keep that from being discussed in open court is pretty damn despicable.

22 comments:

  1. Anonymous5:06 PM

    I never knew turds could actually grow. What's it going to take to get the giant one in the white house flushed?

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    1. Anonymous12:03 PM

      He is like clay man from batman, he is evil but he is slippery so he always gets away.

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  2. Anonymous5:06 PM

    OT Gryphen, don't miss this, this reporter has famously become very wingnutty the past 4 years. Did it take a Trump to give him back his equilibrium? Millions of Australians are wondering.

    https://twitter.com/InsidersABC/status/883829926993862656

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    1. Anonymous5:49 PM

      It's just so humiliating that this repugnant toddler has destroyed the honor and respected name of the United States in a mere six months.

      Our allies no longer trust us and the entire world is laughing at us.

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    2. Anonymous7:35 PM

      After seeing the pics of today, 5:49 PM, all I could think of was

      ♫ The cheese stands alone
      The cheese stands alone
      Hi ho the derry-o
      The cheese stands alone! ♫

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    3. Anon 7:35, that was a good Sunday morning chuckle for me. Thank you LOL
      JillyG

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  3. Anonymous5:38 PM

    Hope Hicks likes it even more than Ivannnnka!

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  4. Anonymous6:07 PM

    ‘Auntie Maxine’ Waters Goes After Trump and Goes Viral

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/us/politics/maxine-waters-trump-ben-carson.html

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  5. Anonymous6:14 PM

    Did Sarah Palin Really Reference White Supremacy On Twitter?

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/sarah-palin-tweet-14-words

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  6. Anonymous6:30 PM

    Putin set a trap and Trump fell into it

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/07/opinions/trump-fell-for-putins-trap-psaki/index.html

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  7. Anonymous6:38 PM

    Russian State-Run Media Does A Better Job Of Spinning Trump-Putin Meeting Than Team Trump

    The Washington Post's Callum Borchers reports that Team Trump was badly outplayed,

    http://crooksandliars.com/2017/07/russian-state-run-media-does-better-job

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/07/07/news-of-the-trump-putin-handshake-came-from-the-kremlin-not-the-white-house-yes-it-matters/

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  8. Anonymous6:41 PM

    Trump Left On The Outside Of G20 Photo

    http://crooksandliars.com/2017/07/trump-left-outside-g20-photo

    http://crooksandliars.com/files/imagecache/node_hot/primary_image/17/07/poor_trump.png

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  9. Anonymous6:45 PM

    Watch awkward moment Theresa May has to remind Donald Trump where cameras are at G20 summit

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/watch-awkward-moment-theresa-remind-10756521

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  10. Anonymous6:46 PM

    Trump Blows the GOP's Cover on Voter Suppression Efforts

    It's becoming even harder for anyone who cares about the integrity of elections to believe Republicans are acting in good faith

    https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/trump-blows-the-gops-cover-on-voter-suppression-efforts-w491330

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  11. Anonymous7:07 PM

    Good luck with their tactic. People think politicians lie but campaigns are no excuse for deliberately lying. I doubt this defense tactic will work.

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    1. Anonymous7:41 PM

      If Bill Cosby walks, he can too! I'm so sick of these types who think that they can get away with anything because of "who they are."

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  12. Anonymous7:37 PM

    DONALD JR, KUSHNER AND MANAFORT MET WITH A LAWYER TIED TO THE KREMLIN AAAANNNNDDDD:

    “We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children

    YEAH RIGHT.... LOL

    Washington Post:
    Trump Jr. says he, Kushner and Manafort met with lawyer tied to Kremlin

    The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., acknowledged attending a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer tied to the Kremlin, one of the first confirmed encounters between President Trump’s inner circle and a Russian national during the presidential campaign.

    In a statement distributed Saturday evening, Trump Jr. confirmed he had participated in a “short introductory meeting,” which, per his request, was also attended by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, and the chair of the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort.

    “We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago and was since ended by the Russian government, but it was not a campaign issue at that time and there was no follow-up,” Trump Jr. said in the statement. “I was asked to attend the meeting by an acquaintance, but was not told the name of the person I would be meeting with beforehand.”

    Kushner’s lawyer said in a statement that the president’s son-in-law had disclosed the session previously on his security clearance forms. But the new public report adds to the roster of curious private meetings between Trump allies and Russians during and after the campaign.

    The meeting between the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, and the president’s inner circle became public the day after President Trump met in Germany with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time. Trump questioned Putin about Russian meddling during the 2016 election; the Russian leader denied any such interference....

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-jr-says-he-kushner-and-manafort-met-with-lawyer-tied-to-kremlin/2017/07/08/18b86d36-6439-11e7-a4f7-af34fc1d9d39_story.html

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  13. Anonymous2:01 AM

    What does the campaign have to do with the price of tea in China?

    I thought the allegations of groping took place in 2007, was he running in 2007?

    I also recall that little donnie said he was going to sue all those women, what happened to his threat?

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  14. Anonymous4:56 AM

    It was ended by the Russian government in retaliation for America "blacklisting" Russian accused of involved in human rights abuses ("Veselnitskaya is best known for her opposition to an American law that blacklists Russians suspected of human rights abuses.") So, my ass tht this was about adoption - which neither The Rump JR or Kreepy Kushner have ever participated in, nor shown interest in.

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  15. Anonymous6:32 AM

    OY?"Donald Trump’s BFF Alex Jones is very upset about all the animal-human chimeras he’s hearing about “that have no rights” and are “80% ape, 80% pig” — which he says is just “beyond pedophilia.”

    Read more at https://wonkette.com/620001/the-week-in-terrible-men-human-animal-hybrids-incel-hunger-strikes-and-more#BT6qiKB7DVgjpeuX.99"

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  16. Anonymous8:16 AM

    Trump is using a tactic (deny everything!) he learned from Roy Cohn. Read the informative article in the August issue of VANITY FAIR, page 84.

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