Court rejects Trump’s request for month-long delay in defamation trial

Apr 17, 2023 | Political News

A federal judge in Manhattan rejected former President Donald Trump's request for a month-long delay in his upcoming defamation trial relating to his response to rape accusations from columnist E. Jean Carroll.

Judge Lewis Kaplan handed down the rejection on Monday, ensuring the trial will begin as scheduled on April 25. Trump's legal team requested the month-long delay last week, arguing the publicity surrounding his indictment and arrest for business fraud charges earlier this month would taint the jury-selection process.

Kaplan rejected that argument, but made concessions to Trump's team on their request to further investigate the funding behind Carroll's legal team.