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Trump lawyers argue immunity for protest lawsuit

[JURIST] Lawyers for US President Donald Trump, in their answer [text, PDF] to a lawsuit Friday, contended the president was immune from being sued by protesters who were injured during a campaign rally in Louisville in 2016. The attorneys argued Trump was immune due to being the president. In addition, his attorney's argued the protesters waived any right to sue after buying a ticket to the rally and contended Trump had not urged the crowd to "get [the protesters] out of here." The contentions of Donald Trump in his answer were contradictory to claims [[ABC news] made by Alvin Bamberger, a co-defendant in the lawsuit who was accused of pushing a black woman at the rally; Bamberger argues he was simply following Trump's orders in shoving the woman. A federal judge earlier this month rejected a free speech defense [JURIST report] by President Trump in the ongoing lawsuit.

President Donald Trump's election campaign faced serious concerns over eliciting violence against those opposed to his cause. In November state democrats raised voter intimidation suits in six states [Politico report], yet only a federal judge in Ohio granted the requested injunction before being rejected on appeal [JURIST report].

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