The federal judge who has been criticized by Donald Trump, Judge Gonzalo Curiel, has refused to throw out a civil case that purports fraud at Trump’s Trump University, and the case will proceed to trial.
The rulings followed a difficult time for Trump, who created a firestorm back in June when he said Curiel had “an absolute conflict” in presiding over the case because he was “of Mexican heritage” and Trump had made a strong pledge to seal the southern U.S. border.
Judge Curiel, based in San Diego, is presiding over a pair of cases against Mr. Trump in which students alleged they were duped into paying tens of thousands of dollars for instruction at the now-defunct Trump University under false promises that they would be taught the magnate’s real-estate strategies. Mr. Trump denies the allegations, saying students got their money’s worth.
Trump’s attorney, Daniel Petrocelli said, “Although today’s decision merely holds that the case should proceed to a trial, we believe the case should have been dismissed now because it has no merit.”
There is a bit of good news for Trump though. Judge Curiel has said that the public will not see videotaped testimony given by Trump in the case.