Bid to bar cam­paign ev­i­dence in Trump Univer­sity trial de­nied

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

A fed­eral judge on Thurs­day ten­ta­tively de­nied a re­quest to ban state­ments made by and about Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump dur­ing his cam­paign from be­ing used at the San Diego trial of a law­suit in­volv­ing him and his nowde­funct Trump Univer­sity.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge Gon­zalo Curiel, the In­di­ana-born ju­rist who was ac­cused of bias by Trump over his Mex­i­can her­itage, is­sued his de­ci­sion in the class-ac­tion suit hours be­fore at­tor­neys for Trump and those su­ing him were ex­pected to ap­pear in court to dis­cuss what ev­i­dence will be al­lowed and other is­sues in­volv­ing the trial set to be­gin Nov. 28.

The pe­ti­tion would ap­ply to Trump’s tweets, a video of Trump mak­ing sex­u­ally preda­tory re­marks about women and other rev­e­la­tions.

Trump’s at­tor­ney, Daniel Petro­celli, told the judge last month that ev­i­dence tied to the cam­paign would be ir­rel­e­vant to the civil fraud case and may prej­u­dice or in­flame a jury.

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