Trump angered Judge Gonazalo Curiel when he mentioned his “Mexican Heritage.” Payback time?
The Judge wrote a few succinct pages, outlining why he will not delay a November court date in which some of Trump’s past dealings are being questioned. Bad timing? No doubt about it, as news coverage will certainly increase as the trial date approaches.
U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel denied Trump’s request to delay the Nov. 28 trial set for Low v. Trump University in a brief three-page order made available Thursday afternoon.
Trump’s attorney Daniel Petrocelli asked Curiel in a filing on Monday to delay the looming trial and reset it to either Dec. 12 or Jan. 2, 2017. Petrocelli cited a conflicting trial in another California court just days before the first Trump University trial is set to begin.
Lead plaintiff Sonny Low and other Trump University Students sued Trump in 2010 — long before his bid for president — on claims they were duped into paying upwards of $35,000 to learn real-estate secrets from instructors “handpicked” by Trump himself. They are represented by attorney Jason Forge.
In his order, Curiel found Trump did not prove good cause for moving back the trial date, which was set by the judge four months ago.
Curiel pointed out the case is 6 ½ years old — one of his oldest, if not the oldest, cases on his docket — and he has accommodated multiple requests by Trump to move potential trial dates around his campaign schedule.
Does the Judge have personal reasons to insist on Trump’s appearance? Maybe.
In June 2016, Trump suggested that a federal judge presiding over a fraud cases against Trump University wouldn’t be able be fair because of his “Mexican heritage.”
“He’s a Mexican,” Trump told CNN of U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel. “We’re building a wall between here and Mexico. The answer is, he is giving us very unfair rulings — rulings that people can’t even believe.” “I’m building a wall,” Trump said. “It’s an inherent conflict of interest.”
Curiel, who was born in Indiana, refused to dismiss a pair of civil lawsuits that allege Trump University tricked students into paying tens of thousands of dollars to learn the secrets of the real-estate mogul’s success.
Trump does not mince any words when speaking of Judge Curiel. Take a look:
Should the trial continue in November, or should the Judge step aside? Something tells me that this is not the last we will hear of the feud between Donald Trump and Judge Gonzalo Curiel.
SOURCE: [CNS, NYDAILYNEWS]