On May 9, 2023, former President Donald Trump was found liable by a Manhattan Federal Jury for sexually abusing E. Jean Carroll in the spring of 1996. The incident occurred in a Bergdorf Goodman department store dressing room. E. Jean Carroll was awarded Five (5) million dollars for battery and defamation.
Throughout the trial, Trump denied all allegations. He said she was not his type and suggested she made up the story to boost sales of her book, therefore defaming her. Carroll’s allegation of rape was not proven to jury satisfaction. Trump does not face any time in jail as a result of this civil verdict.
The response from Trump was that the jury verdict is a “ total disgrace”. Trump did not testify in his own defense during this jury trial. Appearance in court was not required as with any defendant in a civil case.
The guilty verdict of Trump in this sexual abuse case will not deter his run for President in 2024. It has no legal effect on his legal presidential candidacy. In the past, Trump has had many civil actions including fraud concerning Trump University in 2016 during his campaign. The requirements for the presidency as put forth by the United States Constitution have no bearing on these issues.
More cases are pending with regard to Trump at the present time. Manhattan prosecutors have cases against him for hush money payments to a number of women claiming to have had extra-marital affairs with him. Federal cases are now pending in reference to criminal investigations including the mishandling of White House documents, efforts to block Congress election certifications in 2020, and Atlanta-based probes into subversive election plots.
There continues to be a precedent for convicted felons to run for federal office. This precedent includes the office of the presidency of the United States of America.
The ongoing daily saga of former President Trump continues.