Dive into the legal drama as Trump’s attorney faces off in the E. Jean Carroll trial, withdrawing a conflict claim against the judge. Scandalous twists, accusations, and a looming showdown unfold – catch all the gripping details here.
Former President Donald Trump’s attorney, Alina Habba, retreated from a conflict of interest claim against the judge overseeing the E. Jean Carroll defamation trial after Carroll’s lawyer threatened sanctions.
Initially referencing a New York Post story, Habba highlighted the past association between U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan and Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in the 1990s.
Habba expressed concern, deeming the situation “insane and so incestuous.” She indicated plans to include this information in the appeal, citing an ethics violation due to non-disclosure. However, Roberta Kaplan clarified that their overlap at the firm was brief, and she never worked for the now-judge.
In a letter to the court, Habba asserted that if there was any mentor-mentee relationship, it should have been disclosed, potentially violating the judicial code of conduct.
Alleging clashes and overt hostility from the judge, Habba hinted at a connection between the perceived conflict and his rulings. In response, Roberta Kaplan called the allegations baseless, emphasizing the lack of interaction during their time at the firm. Kaplan criticized the Trump team’s strategy to discredit the judicial system and suggested seeking sanctions against Habba.
Alina Habba, in a subsequent letter, clarified her inquiry’s purpose, stating it was prompted by the New York Post story. With Kaplan denying any mentor-mentee relationship, Habba suggested the issue was seemingly resolved. The legal saga continues amid accusations, denials, and the looming specter of sanctions.