American judge rules against President-Elect Donald Trump

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U.S. Federal judge, Gonzalo Curiel, on Thursday in San Diego, California, largely sided with plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit against President-elect Donald Trump over the defunct Trump University.

The case is scheduled to go to trial later this month and Trump is expected to testify in his own defence against allegations that Trump University for-profit business seminars were a hoax and hundreds of individuals were charged large sums of money for courses that were essentially worthless.

Judge Curiel ruled against Trump’s legal team seeking to ban testimony relating to Trump’s conduct during the presidential campaign.

Mr. Curiel also ruled against Trump’s request to ban testimony about Trump University’s “F” rating by the Better Business Bureau and the fact that it has since gone bankrupt.

He also denied a request by Trump’s lawyers to ban discussion of the financial condition of students, many of whom described themselves as poor, and what impact the seminar fees had on their lives.

Mr. Trump’s lawyers argued testimony about the presidential campaign, and testimony about the other elements of the case are irrelevant and would serve to colour the jury’s opinion of Mr. Trump and his business venture.

Mr. Curiel ruled in favour of allowing Trump’s defence team to call students who would tell “success stories” about how the courses improved their understanding of business and real estate.

Mr. Trump has steadfastly defended Trump University as a worthwhile investment for participants. The courses promised to offer students inside information on how he built his business.

In a technical ruling, Mr. Curiel found insufficient evidence or supporting case law to warrant granting Mr. Trump’s other requests, though he said Mr. Trump’s lawyers could object to individual pieces of testimony during the trial.

The trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 28.

(NAN)


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  • Olori Magege

    Of what use is this case now? Medicine after death

    • Marcus Ijele

      Do not mind them. Enrolling in the School is a thing of choice.

      • Uzoma

        True, people make a choice when they enroll in a school but if they made that choice under the influence of deceptive advertising, then laws have been broken and the people who broke such laws must have the book thrown at them.

        • Marcus Ijele

          Uzoma, when they discover, they should quit,go to court and recover whatever money they have paid, not using that as a political vendetta.

    • Olu-Lion

      in Nigeria, its useless, but in the United States it will be a hot case any time.

      • thusspokez

        Excuse these backward people for they know no better.

    • Mufu Ola

      To u it’s nothing but in civilized enviroment it’s very big issue.President or no President.

  • Arabakpura

    Judge Gonzales is that Mexican-American judge that Trump had disparaged and vehemently opposed his sitting in judgement over his case because of his views about Mexico!

    • floater

      Too bad about his parents place of birth. Doesn’t matter. He’s a judge.
      Trump and his fans don’t even understand why judges are judges.

  • Arc_Deji_Alabi

    America just voted for a con man as president. Very interesting

    • Lanre

      The only sensible comment here so far. He has a rape case due on December 16. I sense this man will “Make America Great Again” behind bars.

      • floater

        The rape case has been “withdrawn” by the woman who filed. True.
        She may even be rich now.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    American newly elected president-elect,Donald Trump,is a con-man who defrauded Americans over S40m dollars through his fake-Trump university, real-estate-degree program.Judge Curiel, will ensure justice unless Donald Trump, agree to settle out of court and refund the S40m dollars he defrauded from those innocent students.