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Trump University case headed to trial

Deposition videotape still secret

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In federal court, judge Gonzalo Curiel this morning (October 20) thumbed down a motion by Donald Trump's lawyers to throw out the Trump University case.

Judge Gonzalo Curiel

Former students at Trump's highly-touted real estate seminars had raised a question about whether Trump had "knowingly participated in a scheme to defraud," according to the New York Times.

However, a videotape of a Trump deposition remains under wraps, wrote Curiel, who said that a transcript offers a "substantially accurate" representation of the proceedings. Curiel is concerned that the videos could taint jurors, according to The Atlantic.

Curiel also would not throw out allegations that Trump was a participant in a civil racketeering scheme through Trump University.

In his presidential campaign, Trump claimed that Curiel was a Mexican and that could taint a case against him. Curiel was actually born in Indiana.

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In federal court, judge Gonzalo Curiel this morning (October 20) thumbed down a motion by Donald Trump's lawyers to throw out the Trump University case.

Judge Gonzalo Curiel

Former students at Trump's highly-touted real estate seminars had raised a question about whether Trump had "knowingly participated in a scheme to defraud," according to the New York Times.

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Curiel also would not throw out allegations that Trump was a participant in a civil racketeering scheme through Trump University.

In his presidential campaign, Trump claimed that Curiel was a Mexican and that could taint a case against him. Curiel was actually born in Indiana.

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Bet Trump will never appear in Court either for this or any of his rape cases. Why should he when he has his own aircraft and can easily be out of the country on "business" unless the court considers him a flight risk and removes his passport.

Oct. 20, 2016

Founder: Given Trump's proclivity for prevarication, you may be right. Some offshore money-laundering haven like Aruba would welcome Trump. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 20, 2016

Reece C. Jensen: In my opinion, when Trump told Hillary she should be in jail, she should have suggested that he belongs in a mental institution. But I guess that wouldn't be presidential. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 20, 2016

They would both have been correct.

Oct. 22, 2016

ImJustABill: Then whom would we elect president? David Duke? Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 23, 2016

Pence or Kaine would likely be better choices than DT/HRC. At least neither one of them is (to the best of my knowledge) insane or a criminal - more than I can say for DT/HRC.

Oct. 24, 2016

things may work out that way shortly after the election

Oct. 24, 2016

Murphyjunk: Halloween is before the election, not after it. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 24, 2016

ImJustABill: Look into Pence's record in Indiana. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 24, 2016

Nope.

Nov. 6, 2016

Michael Mace: If Latinos are biased and racist, Trump should ask geneticists to check his ancestry. Maybe he belongs in Mexico, his forebears' home. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 20, 2016

Straight Bro: Who's a racist bigot? Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 20, 2016

This judge, who I think should have asked to be removed from the case, continues to show judicial restraint. He could take those idiotic comments as a personal attack, which they were, and have turned the case over to another judge. To do that would have opened the judiciary to all sorts of personal attacks on judges and resulting in courtroom shopping chaos. The judge has chosen to stay in charge of the case; we will soon learn just how judicial he is. I think he will be a credit to the federal judiciary, even though he's been accused of huge bias. Trump just said something that jumped into his head without any real consideration of the impact. Stupid of him to say the very least.

Oct. 20, 2016

Visduh: When does Trump NOT blurt out the first thing that jumps in his head? It is really interesting how Hillary baits him, always pushing a button that she knows will set him off. I suspect Hillary has hired some very astute psychological (and debating) experts. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 20, 2016

People like Kahn and Machado are kryptonite to Trump. He does not seem to be able to let anything go and hold back from responding to someone - even when the response is clearly hurting him in the public polls. All the HRC campaign had to do was put up a few sympathetic figures to criticize Trump and watch him lessen himself in the public eye by blasting them.

Oct. 25, 2016

Vyrsace Prada: I agree that Michael Mace made some very injudicious comments. For his own sake, I hope he is not running for some office. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 20, 2016

Alex Clarke: Mack should be sprayed with Mace. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 21, 2016

Alex Clarke: Oops. I meant "Mace should be sprayed with Mace. Mea culpa. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 21, 2016

Careful.

Oct. 21, 2016

Flapper: Blame it on age. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 22, 2016

Mike Murphy: I can't grasp the meaning of your pronouncement. Is it possible that your fingers are getting as shaky as mine? Or am I just slow on the learning curve? Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 21, 2016

both problems in concert may be the problem

Oct. 22, 2016

Murphyjunk: I am going to the piano right now and play Beethoven's eighth piano sonata to prove you are wrong. I am glad you are not here to check up on me. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 22, 2016

Visduh: Stupid is as stupid does . . . Trump's clumsy, tasteless attempt to get another judge should not be allowed to work. There is no basis for recusal.

Oct. 21, 2016

Flapper: The case may have been assigned to Curiel before Trump ran for the Republican nomination. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 22, 2016

In any case, there's no case for recusal.

Oct. 22, 2016

Flapper: Agreed. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 23, 2016

Trump should be let off the hook if he buys Spanos a stadium - in Fresno.

Oct. 22, 2016

Rocket_J_Squirrel: Trump should build Spanos a stadium right behind the wall that he will force the Mexicans to construct. A field goal would have to go over the wall to count. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 22, 2016

Does El Trumpo know about these new inventions called "tunnels" ?

Oct. 22, 2016

El nombre es El Bimbo. The male form--the worst form.

Oct. 22, 2016

Trumpo Gilipollas

Oct. 22, 2016

Rocket_J_Squirrel: Please define Gilipollas. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 23, 2016

According to Google Translate, from Spanish, it means "wanker".

Oct. 24, 2016

Rocket_J_Squirrel. But I'm not sure I know what "wanker" means. "Wanger," yes. "Wanker," not sure. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 24, 2016

Too funny Don!

English English slang, i.e.not American English, for a person who rubs him/herself the RIGHT way.

There is a danger of blindness if one does it too much, however, All things in moderation, I say.

Oct. 25, 2016

Rocket_J_Squirrel: I looked up both wanker and wanger. Someone could wanker his wanger. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 26, 2016

Flapper: Trump says he will sue all the women who have come out and said he groped them. Trump's lawyers will call them all bimbos. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 23, 2016

Rocket_J_Squirrel: They would be a good hiding place for him after the election. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 23, 2016

Rocket_J_Squirrel: More of a sulking place than a hiding place. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 24, 2016

The case will be settled. Speculation is a waste of time.

Oct. 23, 2016

Ponzi: Speculation was certainly a waste of time at Trump's Atlantic City casinos. That's why they went bankrupt. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 24, 2016

TRUMP

Finally, someone stoopider than me.

I am elated.

I just wish I had his $$$. It doesn't buy happiness (so they say), but at least I could finally afford cheese.

And (of course) nuts.

And maybe a glass of Riesling. From the Mosel River area.

And marry women 1/3 my age. For about 2 months a a time.

Oct. 24, 2016

Rocket_J_Squirrel: He may not be stoopid -- just off his rokker. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 24, 2016

I think that's speled Rokkerfourt.

Oct. 25, 2016

Flapper: You are wrong. It is spelled b-l-u-e c-h-e-e-s-e. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 26, 2016

Mike Murphy: One defense he won't use is "this was just locker room banter." He has already used that one. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 26, 2016

AlexClarke: Maybe he played football for SDSU. That's how he got into the university, and how he got a degree from it, if he actualiy did graduate. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 27, 2016

"Lock him up"

Nov. 16, 2016

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