Trump Attorney Tears Into 'Unhinged' Judge in Trial

Alina Habba complains about being ordered to sit down in court
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2023 1:00 AM CST
Trump Attorney Rants After Judge Tells Her to Sit Down
Lawyer Alina Habba speaks to the media outside the New York Supreme Court, Monday, Nov. 6, 2023, in New York.   (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)

It wasn't just former President Trump ranting to reporters amid his day of testifying in the Trump Organization fraud trial: One of his attorneys did the same. During a break in Trump's testimony, lawyer Alina Habba spoke to journalists outside the courtroom and called the judge in the case "unhinged." During one heated courtroom exchange, the judge angrily told Habba to sit down, which she addressed in her comments to reporters, Mediaite reports:

  • "I was told to sit down today. I was yelled at, and I've had a judge who is unhinged slamming a table. Let me be very clear, I don't tolerate that in my life, and I am not going to tolerate it here. And you know what? You shouldn't either. Because not every American citizen gets to have a camera and a microphone, and what I'm seeing is such a demise of the American judicial system and democracy."

She criticized the judge for having, in her view, already determined what he thinks about Trump and not wanting to actually hear Trump's side of the story. "This country is falling apart, and if we don't stop corruption in courtrooms where attorneys are gagged, where attorneys are not allowed to say what they need to say to protect their clients' interest, it doesn't matter what your politics are," she continued, per the Washington Examiner. "I don't care who you are. You have a right to hire a lawyer who can put objections on the record. You have a right to hire a lawyer who can stand up and say something when they see something wrong. But I was told to sit down today." (More Donald Trump stories.)

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