Trump Immunity Rejected, Supreme Court Last Option
Donald Trump was just dealt a crippling blow in his effort to have the E. Jean Carroll defamation case ended via presidential immunity.
After the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals declined to hear the case, Donald Trump’s only option at this point is the Supreme Court.
However, with the Appeals Court refusing to hear the case, it is unlikely that the Supreme Court will hear it.
The E. Jean Carroll Case
From the outset, Trump had hoped to have the E. Jean Carroll case tossed out of court due to presidential immunity.
The idea of Trump being able to use immunity to get out of this, however, has all but drifted away.
With the Appeals Court refusing to hear the case, that means that the last option available for Trump will be the Supreme Court.
I find it highly unlikely the court will even accept the case based on the Appeals Court refusing to hear it.
From what I have seen of this court, it prefers for issues such as this to be decided at the lower court level if at all possible.
And, when the court has released a reasonable verdict, it will hold to the lower court rulings.
In this case, Trump was spitting venom at a private citizen regarding a personal lawsuit, so I just don’t see how any court would rule that his actions were part of his presidential duties.
Trump had already lost the first defamation case brought by E. Jean Carroll, with the author winning a $5 million award.
After that case had been litigated, Trump went off on Carroll again on Truth Social, at which point she and her attorneys stated that Trump had likely opened himself up to another defamation case.
When the case was represented to the judge, the judge agreed, which is why Trump went to the presidential immunity defense.
The new case is set to begin on January 16, loading up Trump’s legal calendar even more than it already is with the four federal cases and the civil suit by New York Attorney General Letitia James.