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A scheduled hearing in the federal court of Gonzalo P. Curiel today (March 11) may tell more about presidential contender Donald Trump than many of the charges being thrown around by his Republican opponents.

Tarla Makaeff is one of the persons suing Trump University — The Donald's for-profit school — in federal court. She says in a filing that she has been bullied and wants out of the case. Judge Curiel may decide today whether she can be released, or he may take it under submission and decide later. In February of 2014, Curiel certified Makaeff's class-action case in California, Florida, and New York.

During the course of the trial, Trump filed a SLAPP suit (strategic lawsuit against public participation), a suit intended to intimidate a critic with the expense of defending a suit. Curiel sided with Makaeff and ordered Donald Trump to pay $800,000. He has not paid, she says in her filing.

Last month, Makaeff filed to get out of the case. "Makaeff lived with the stress of potential ruin," says her filing. "She still has great trepidation about retaliation."

"Makaeff has been put through the wringer in this case," says her filing. "While Makaeff was ultimately successful in defeating Trump's SLAPP suit, she has suffered tremendous stress and anxiety." She has lived with the daily fear that Trump would bankrupt her, and endured more than 15 hours of aggressive deposition questioning, according to her filing. "The thought of subjecting herself to more mistreatment and on a much more public stage at trial is just unbearable."

Allegedly, Trump called her a "horrible, horrible witness" at a recent campaign speech.

Makaeff, a yoga instructor, says further participation in the suit would negatively affect her "emotionally and physically" as a result of Trump's alleged vitriol. She says she is changing professions.

There is another primary plaintiff in her case who remains, so the case can continue.

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Don Bauder March 11, 2016 @ 2:03 p.m.

"I CAN DO ANYTHING BETTER." Donald Trump likes to sing that song -- boast that he can do something better than anybody else. In the Republican debate last night (March 10), he was talking about Political Action Committees (PACS). PACS have "total control of the candidates," Trump said. "I know it better than anybody that probably lived." (He said it because he used to give money to PACS favoring candidates of both parties.)

Hmmm. On September 12 of 2012, Trump was giving a deposition in the cases against his Trump University. His braggadocio was even more inclusive. The opposing lawyer asked, "So you would say that you're a real estate expert?"

Replied Trump immodestly, "I can't imagine anybody being much more of an expert." Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 11, 2016 @ 4:11 p.m.

JUDGE TAKES PLAINTIFF'S REQUEST, TRIAL DATE UNDER SUBMISSION. At today's hearing, Judge Curiel heard arguments from both sides on whether the plaintiff will be allowed to get out of the case. He will make a decision later. Most of the discussion centered around the date of the trial. There was discussion on whether the trial will not be held until after the Republican convention in July. The defense doesn't want the trial to start until after the election in November. The judge will take that under submission, too. Best, Don Bauder

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AlexClarke March 13, 2016 @ 1:59 p.m.

The Donald is proof that Americans are stupid. He is a phony as a wooden watch. Outside of Indio (CA) along I 10 there was a big sign with Trump's picture on it advertising "Trump 29 Casino" (now just 29 Casino). When I saw that sign I asked myself why anyone would want to give that clown any money. Now people are willing to vote for him. Trump University is like most of Trump stuff just a rented name with no ownership by Trump. If Trump becomes the Republican nominee it will destroy the Republican Party. If he becomes President he will not be able to accomplish anything as there are 535 members of Congress that will stand in his way just like they do for Obama. Trump is proof that there is no limit to human stupidity. (Note: I like Bernie but he will never be President. That leaves Hillary . . . . maybe I will vote for Trump)

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Don Bauder March 13, 2016 @ 9:46 p.m.

AlexClarke: I had the opportunity to speak with three psychiatrists today at a concert. One said Trump is psychopathic and sketched his similarities with Hitler and Stalin. Another agreed that he was psychopathic and said he was frighteningly narcissistic. The third said he was a huge danger to the nation because he was so mentally disturbed.

I suggested that psychiatrists around the U.S. start signing their names to documents saying what a danger Trump is. The faculty at the University of Illinois-Chicago stated it did not want Trump on campus. Other faculties should do the same.

The final straw was the Chicago incident. A Trump supporter sucker-punched a protester. It was a gratuitous attack. Trump said he may pay the guy's legal bills. That does it. That seals the case. He has made other provocative remarks to and about protesters.

I am not politicking here. I am terrified by this guy, and I would be whether he was a Democrat or Republican. Best, Don Bauder

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