LEGAL: “A judge late Saturday said former President Donald Trump’s lawyers can’t present legal arguments to a jury assessing damages at a defamation trial on a jury’s conclusion last year that he didn’t rape a columnist in the mid-1990s.

U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan made the determination in an order in advance of a Jan. 16 trial to determine defamation damages against Trump after a jury concluded Trump sexually abused columnist E. Jean Carroll but did not find evidence was sufficient to conclude that he raped her.

Trump, speaking in Iowa on Saturday as the Republican frontrunning presidential candidate in advance of a Jan. 15 primary, criticized the judge as a ‘radical Democrat’ and mocked E. Jean Carroll for not screaming when she was attacked. ‘It was all made up,’ he said.”

-Associated Press, “Judge blocks Trump lawyers from arguing about columnist’s rape claim at upcoming defamation trial,” apnews.com, January 7, 2024