Trump’s Lawyer Vows to Appeal Verdict in Carroll Case

Outside of the courthouse in Lower Manhattan, Donald J. Trump’s lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, said the trial had been unfair in several ways and his client intended to appeal the verdict.

Mr. Tacopina said Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, who oversaw the case in federal court, had displayed a bias toward Ms. Carroll in several decisions. He called the court “highly prejudicial.”

For starters, Mr. Tacopina said, the judge allowed E. Jean Carroll’s lawyers to play for the jury the Access Hollywood tape in which Mr. Trump boasted about how his status as a celebrity gave him the ability to kiss and grab women’s genitalia without asking.

“There were things that happened in this case that were beyond the pale,” Mr. Tacopina said. He added: “In New York you can’t get a fair trial.”

Mr. Tacopina defended Mr. Trump’s decision not to testify.

“This was a circus atmosphere, and having him be here would be more of a circus,” Mr. Tacopina said. He added that Mr. Trump could do little more than say, “‘I didn’t do it?’ And he said that under oath here. It’s hard to prove a negative.”

He said that he thought the anonymous jury was particularly unfair to Mr. Trump’s side.

“We should have been able to tell something about the background of these people,” he said. “Unfortunately, having anonymous jurors, even kept from the lawyers, I don’t think was fair or was right.”

When asked if the verdict would derail Trump’s presidential campaign, Mr. Tacopina had a one word answer.

“Nope,” he said.

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Expert: Trump lawyer’s attempt to do “damage control” on TV may have done the opposite

Former President Donald Trump’s new lawyer struggled to defend his client’s actions ahead of a possible indictment in Manhattan over the 2016 hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels. 

Attorney Joe Tacopina, who appeared on multiple news networks this week, laid out Trump’s defense for his role in the $130,000 payment by lodging a series of questionable claims.

“When individuals facing charges are public figures, I think they sometimes want to engage in damage control in the court of public opinion,” former federal prosecutor Barb McQuade told Salon.

But Tacopina’s appearance on MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber” may have done the opposite. 

Melber during the interview questioned Tacopina about why Trump lied at the time that he did not know about his then-attorney Michael Cohen’s payment to Daniels. The attorney disputed that Trump lied, arguing that the former president didn’t lie since the statement was not made under oath. 

“A lie to me is something material, under oath, in a proceeding,” Tacopina said

He went on to clarify why he didn’t consider Trump’s statement to not be a lie.

“Here’s why it’s not a lie,” Tacopina said. “Because it was a confidential settlement so if he acknowledged that, he would be violating the confidential settlement. Is it the truth? Of course it’s not the truth. Was he supposed to tell the truth? He would be in violation of the agreement if he told the truth. So by him doing that, he was abiding not only by his rights, but Stormy Daniels’ rights. I would advise my client to do the same thing.” 

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Cohen testified that he made the payment during the 2016 campaign and was later reimbursed by Trump.

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