Remember the Judge that Trump attacked with comments about his ethnicity? Well Judge Gonzalo Curiel is the Judge that Trump has portrayed as incapable of being fair because of his Mexican background. He is the judge overseeing the fraud case against Trump University in San Diego.
Remember also Trump called Curiel a “hater” who was being unfair to him because the judge is “Hispanic,” because he is “Mexican” and because he (Trump) is building a wall.
After days of controversy and strong criticism from fellow Republicans, Trump tried to amend his comments, which he’s been making since last February.
In a 700-word statement defending Trump University, Trump did not apologize. Instead, he claimed that he was “justified,” but that his words had been “misconstrued.”
Lawyers for Donald Trump and former students of his now-defunct Trump University filed an agreement in court to settle lawsuits alleging that the president-elect defrauded them, signaling that a deal announced last month remains on track for a judge’s approval next year.
Trump agreed last month to pay $25 million to settle two class-action lawsuits in San Diego and one by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Under the terms, the president-elect admits no wrongdoing.
The filing late Monday puts a formal agreement in front of U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel to determine if it is “fair, reasonable and adequate” under federal law. When announcing the terms in his courtroom on Nov. 18, Curiel called it “the beginning of a healing process that this country sorely needs.”
Curiel’s preliminary approval would trigger additional procedural steps — such as formally notifying class members and giving them an opportunity to object — and set the stage for final approval next year.
About 7,000 students who paid up to $35,000 a year are expected to be eligible for refunds of at least half of what they paid to attend seminars that promised to share Trump’s real estate secrets. Plaintiff attorneys agreed to waive their fees.
From The Associated Press and NPR