The federal decide overseeing Donald Trump‘s defamation trial gave one other warning to the previous president’s lawyer, Alina Habba, as she started closing arguments within the case Friday. The rebuke got here simply hours after U.S. District Choose Lewis Kaplan threatened Trump’s counsel with jail time, in accordance with The Messenger.

Kaplan beforehand prohibited Trump and his authorized group from denying that the previous president raped or defamed former columnist E. Jean Carroll, who was awarded $5 million in damages in by a jury in a separate case pertaining to these issues. Habba, nevertheless, began her closing arguments violating that rule by defending Trump’s years of denials.

” why he has not wavered — as a result of it’s the reality,” Habba stated, garnering an objection from Carroll’s lawyer that Kaplan sustained. In one other occasion, when the Trump lawyer, who arrived late to Friday’s proceedings, inched near breaking the rule, Kaplan warned: “In case you violate my directions once more, Ms. Habba, there could also be penalties.”

Habba went on to reduce the onslaught of threatening messages Carroll stated she obtained because of Trump’s denials. “Girls and gents, I obtained three this week alone. That is me on a superb day,” Habba stated, an announcement the decide additionally struck.

Kaplan reminded jurors that “it’s established” that the previous president sexually abused and defamed Carroll, making clear she was not mendacity, in accordance with The Messenger. “It’s established by a jury,” Habba responded, to which the decide shot again, “It’s established and you’ll not quarrel with me. You’ll end your assertion.”

Earlier Friday, previous to the jury’s arrival within the courtroom, Kaplan warned Habba that she may face incarceration if she continued to protest his orders after he dominated.

“You’re on the verge of spending a while within the lockup,” the decide stated. “Sit down.”

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