The federal judge presiding over the Trump University lawsuit ruled that video of Trump’s depositions would not be made public. The decision is a gift for the GOP Presidential candidate from a judge Trump has repeatedly maligned as hostile, among other invectives.
In his order, U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, a frequent target of Trump’s name-calling, wrote “there is every reason to believe that release of the deposition videos would contribute to an on-going ‘media frenzy’ that would increase the difficulty of seating an impartial jury.” Curiel then ordered that Trump’s video depositions in the Trump University lawsuits remain sealed by the Court. Trump testified December 10th, 2015 at his New York office, and on January 21st, 2016 in a Las Vegas law office.
The Republican Presidential candidate is a defendant in two class-action lawsuits being overseen by Judge Curiel in United States District Court, Southern District of California, in San Diego. Trump is also being sued in New York state. All of the lawsuits allege that Trump University, which was never an accredited university, gave classes and seminars that pressured students to spend up to $35,000 for courses and “mentorships,” that failed to teach success in real estate according to the complaints. The lawsuits also allege that Trump University instructors were “handpicked” by Trump. Trump’s own testimony showed that he was uninvolved in the process of hiring instructors, and was unfamiliar with most of them.
The Low (California/Florida/New York) complaint may be found here. And the Cohen (Nationwide) complaint may be found here. Trump’s answer to the Low complaint may be found here. And Trump’s answer to the Cohen complaint may be found here.
Judge Curiel has set Nov. 28 as the trial date for one of the lawsuits.