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Judge Trump Called 'Hater' and 'Mexican' OKs Release of Documents

Judge Gonzalo Curiel releases Trump University 'playbooks'
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2016 7:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – "I have a judge who is a hater of Donald Trump," said Donald Trump at a Friday rally in San Diego. "A hater. He's a hater. ... [And he] happens to be, we believe, Mexican." Well, that judge—US District Judge Gonzalo Curiel—has just allowed the release of internal Trump University documents in part of a continuing lawsuit against the school, Reuters reports. In his Friday order, Curiel agreed to a Washington Post request for documents that include "playbooks" designed to tell school sales staff how to market pricey courses about achieving real-estate success. Trump's attorneys say the documents will reveal trade secrets, but Curiel argues that at least one playbook already appeared in Politico, and Trump's school is, at the moment, closed.

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Curiel also said the playbooks have no commercial value, "given the lack of any support for the statement that Trump University 'may' resume operations." His ruling is part of a continuing lawsuit against Trump U, one of two claiming the school bilked customers out of millions by saying they would learn Trump's real-estate techniques. Little wonder the presumptive GOP nominee addressed the San Diego lawsuits on the campaign trail Friday. "We're in front of a very hostile judge," he said. "The judge was appointed by Barack Obama." As for Trump's "Mexican" remark, Curiel was born in Indiana, got his degree at the Indiana University School of Law, and is an American. (Trump U is also facing another lawsuit to the tune of $40 million.)

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