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Trump’s Bid to Stall Hush Money Trial Thrown Out by N.Y. Appeals Judge

In a recent development in the ongoing legal saga involving the former President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, a New York appeals court judge has rejected Mr. Trump’s attempt to delay a trial regarding hush money payments. This marks a significant decision in the case that holds its roots in Trump’s presidential campaign period.

Justice Jennifer Schecter of the New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division denied Trump’s call for delay, thereby allowing the case to proceed without further hindrance. The lawsuit pertains to potential defamation against Summer Zervos, a onetime contestant on Mr. Trump’s reality TV show, “The Apprentice.” Ms. Zervos is one of the numerous women who have brought forth sexual misconduct allegations against Mr. Trump, which he has vehemently denied, leading to the defamation lawsuit.

The New York trial revolves around the allegations that Trump paid hush money to keep these misconduct claims from coming to public light during his 2016 presidential campaign. Two primary figures involved in the case include former Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who have claimed they had affairs with Trump.

Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, argued that the trial should be delayed until the U.S. Supreme Court can decide whether Trump can be sued in state court. She contended that a sitting president cannot be sued in a state court due to federal supremacy. However, Justice Schecter dismissed the argument, stating that since Mr. Trump is no longer the President, the argument lost its hold and hence merits no basis for delay.

This decision is significant in the legal landscape, as it pushes forward a case against a former president for matters related to personal conduct— a development rather uncommon in the sphere of legal confrontations with U.S. presidents. This also ends the streak of legal victories Trump has been enjoying since leaving office.

The judge’s refusal to permit the delay effectively means the case will carry on as planned. It opens the door for pretrial depositions to collect further evidence. Consequently, Trump may potentially be ordered to testify under oath about the allegations against him and the hush money payments.

Such a development would cast a spotlight on the legal issues faced by Mr. Trump post his presidency. This ruling affects not only the former president but also the broader conversation surrounding accountability and consequences for public figures associated with serious allegations.

In conclusion, Justice Schecter’s decision stands as a pivotal milestone in ensuring that even individuals with

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