Trump Begs to Call|Trump U. Success Stories

     SAN DIEGO (CN) — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump pressed a federal judge Monday to allow him to call former Trump University students not part of a class action to the witness stand later this year.
     Trump wants U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel to let him call a handful of former students from his now-defunct real estate school to testify about their positive experiences. The request comes a little less than two months before the trial in Low v. Trump University kicks off in San Diego Federal Court following the Thanksgiving holiday.
     In a short and sweet order last week, Curiel said he would not postpone the post-election trial date to accommodate a scheduling conflict for Trump’s lead attorney Daniel Petrocelli, giving the go-ahead for the first of three Trump University lawsuits to go to trial.
     Sonny Low and the others sued Trump long before he launched his presidential bid, claiming they were duped into paying upwards of $35,000 on the promise they’d learn insider real estate secrets from instructors “handpicked” by Trump himself.
     At a hearing earlier this summer, attorneys for the class told Curiel they would move to exclude testimony from any former Trump University students who are not class members, which Trump’s attorneys opposed. After receiving filings from Trump and the plaintiffs on their respective positions, Trump asked Curiel Monday if the court would allow Trump to respond to the class’ position.
     In addition to talking about their positive experiences, Trump’s witnesses are expected to testify they did not believe that the use of the word “university” in the title meant the school was accredited, a direct conflict to the class’ false advertising and fraud arguments.
     The class claims allowing Trump to call a dozen students who opted out of a class of more than 7,600 would skew testimony, noting there’s no way they could speak for the entire class. Low and the others say they would have to call 600 class members for each opt-out student brought to the stand by Trump.
     On Monday, Trump said he wants to be allowed to respond to the plaintiffs’ opposition because he claims the class presented new arguments and evidence in their opposition that he should be allowed to address. Trump also said the procedural background is “unusual,” as the issue would normally be vetted in hearings before the trial, but “for whatever reason” Curiel did not require the plaintiffs do that when they requested the exclusion order.
     A 56-page exhibit attached to Trump’s request includes an email exchange between the lawyers for both parties as well as a draft of Trump’s response to the plaintiffs’ opposition to calling the handful of students to the witness stand.
     Trump said the admissibility of former Trump University students’ testimony is of “paramount importance” and implicates “defendants’ constitutional rights and the integrity of the trial itself.”
     Both parties and the court would benefit from a “full ventilation of these issues” which could only occur if Trump is granted permission to file response papers, the candidate said.
     The plaintiffs also filed a response late Monday indicating they plan to oppose Trump’s request on the record by the end of the week.

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