Trump vs. New York Times defamation suit begins

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U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is shown on May 15, 2012 during a trial in the defamation case of Donald Trump against The New York Times. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Trial begins in Trump vs. New York Times defamation suit

In the case of U.S. v. Donald J. Trump, Dated: April 13, 2016 | 02 p.m. | U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

(Washington, D.C.) — With television cameras rolling and courtroom spectators lining up in a packed courtroom on Monday, the courtroom was filled with people from the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the defamation lawsuit against Mr. Trump last June.

“I came here for the right to be able to speak my mind,” said civil rights group legal director Anthony D. Romero, “and to be able to defend myself and speak my mind. I have done that.”

The case revolves around the question of whether The New York Times, in a July 2015 article, defamed Mr. Trump. The issue involved a contract his company, Bayrock, signed in 2006 with the Trump Organization. Mr. Trump was a principal.

It was widely circulated that Mr. Trump had never actually built a Trump Tower; instead, he had borrowed heavily from other developers to develop Bayrock’s Trump Condo Project, which was a mix of commercial office space and co-op residential units. The article said this was illegal, but Mr. Trump’s lawyers said that his team had followed all the guidelines set forth in the lease.

The article also said Mr. Trump had not built a Trump Tower; rather, he had constructed a Trump Hotel at the ground zero of the world’s biggest man-made disaster. This was not true, Mr. Trump’s company said. The New York Times had misrepresented

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