xclusive: Trump setback in accuser’s defamation case is first of its kind https://nypost.com/ ^ | 03/0/2018 | Julia Marsh Posted on 3/20/2018, 3:28:50 PM by heterosupremacist President Trump must face a defamation lawsuit by a former contestant on his reality TV show “The Apprentice” after a Manhattan judge ruled in a first-of-its kind decision that he could not c

Exclusive: Trump setback in accuser’s defamation case is first of its kind
https://nypost.com/ ^ | 03/0/2018 | Julia Marsh

Posted on 3/20/2018, 3:28:50 PM by heterosupremacist

President Trump must face a defamation lawsuit by a former contestant on his reality TV show “The Apprentice” after a Manhattan judge ruled in a first-of-its kind decision that he could not claim immunity through his job as the nation’s commander-in-chief.

“No one is above the law,” Justice Jennifer Schecter wrote in the 19-page decision released Tuesday.

Trump had argued that presidents are shielded from civil litigation in state courts under the US Constitution’s supremacy clause, but that assertion had never been fully tested by the courts — until now.

“It is settled that the President of the United States has no immunity and is ‘subject to the laws’ for purely private acts,” Justice Schecter added.

The decision means that Summer Zervos, who in 2016 accused then-candidate Trump of groping and pressing his privates against her in 2007, can pursue her defamation case against the president for saying that her allegations were “fiction” and claiming she made them up for “personal gain…”

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com

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