The Latest: Judges weigh state court’s power over Trump

October 18, 2018 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a former “Apprentice” contestant’s lawsuit against President Donald Trump (all times local):

4 p.m.

Appeals court judges weighing President Donald Trump’s bid to shut down a former “Apprentice” contestant’s defamation suit against him are asking a hypothetical question: Could a New York court order the president to jail if he were to buck an order in the case?

The question came up — but wasn’t definitively answered — as lawyers for Trump and ex-contestant Summer Zervos argued Thursday in a New York court.

Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz said the hypothetical scenario illustrated his argument that a sitting president can’t be sued in a state court over non-official conduct.

Zervos attorney Mariann Wang (WAHNG’) said it’s unlikely the hypothetical would ever happen and the case should proceed.

Zervos sued Trump for calling her a liar after she accused him of unwanted kissing and groping.


11:45 a.m.

Lawyers for President Donald Trump hope to persuade a New York appeals court to dismiss or delay a lawsuit against him by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos.

Zervos sued the president for calling her a liar after she accused him of unwanted kissing and groping.

The court hears arguments Thursday.

Trump’s lawyers say the case shouldn’t go forward while he’s in office. They also say his comments were opinions and protected free speech.

Zervos’ lawyers say Trump’s words were factual falsehoods. Her lawyers say she deserves her day in court — now, not after his presidency.

A lower court said the lawsuit could go forward while Trump was still president.