After the former president’s defamation trial was postponed due to COVID concerns, Alina Habba, Trump’s lawyer and E. Jean Carroll’s representative in the defamation case, attended a Donald Trump rally, sparking extensive discussion on social media. Because Habba said he was sick and had a fever in the last 48 hours, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan put off the trial until Thursday.
One of the nine jurors reported feeling sick and was instructed to go home and take a COVID test, according to Kaplan. Lisa Rubin, a legal analyst for MSNBC, said Habba did not lie when she said she was sick, and she said “someone else” who was in the courtroom may have tested positive. Habba and his co-counselor, Mike Madaio, did not test positive for COVID in court.
Ron Filipkowski, the editor-in-chief of Meidas Touch, reported that Habba claimed to have felt sick on Monday and stated that she had been exposed to COVID in order to delay his trial and avoid testifying until after the NH primary. The New Hampshire Republican primary for president was on January 23. Trump won with more than 50% of the vote. An attorney named Justice Vance asked on X how many people Trump had shaken hands with after possibly being exposed to the virus.
Carroll’s lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, didn’t like the delay and said she wanted the trial to end right away. Trump sat in court with Habba and Madaio, expressing his happiness to be there before the trial was postponed. The trial is to decide how much Trump needs to pay Carroll for damages after a jury found that he sexually assaulted and lied about her.