Did Judge Streitfeld give Donald Trump the "star treatment" when he testified recently in Broward County circuit court?
Those are the blockbuster allegations in this new trial motion, which asserts that both the lending of the Judge's glasses and his jovial "You're Fired" tag at the end of The Donald's testimony unduly "elicited visible feelings of goodwill" toward
Here's an excerpt on the "You're Fired" exchange:
It was utterly improper for the Court to initiate this exchange with the Defendant. “You’re fired!” is the tagline from Mr. Trump’s popular reality TV show, The Apprentice. It was not at issue in this case and referenced nowhere in the record. By invoking the tagline, the judge acknowledged Mr. Trump as a celebrity with a popular show on TV, and turned what was supposed to be a solemn courtroom proceeding into something more reminiscent of a reality show episode. The judge suggested to the jury that he was a fan of The Apprentice with the inference that the Court likes Mr. Trump and his show. The result was to support Mr. Trump as a “good guy” and likeable celebrity in front of the jury, and to elicit visible feelings of goodwill from the jury to the Defendant. As such, any impartiality associated with the trial left after the glasses incident was utterly destroyed.What do you think?
Any chance of success here or are the plaintiffs overstating the Judge's attempt at humor?
BTW our prior coverage of the incidents at issue is here.