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Trump hires former 9th Circuit judge Kozinski for Twitter court fight

Stock Markets Jul 01, 2022 08:35PM ET
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By Jacqueline Thomsen and Mike Scarcella

(Reuters) - A former California appeals court judge who retired in 2017 following allegations of sexual harassment is now representing former U.S. President Donald Trump in his legal battle with Twitter (NYSE:TWTR).

Ex-9th Circuit Appeals Court Judge Alex Kozinski on Friday filed to appear in Trump's appeal of a trial court order dismissing a lawsuit against Twitter over the former president's ban from the social media platform following the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

Kozinski declined to comment. John Coale, the lead lawyer on the Trump case, said Kozinski was brought on to help due to his experience with the 9th Circuit, and that no other changes are expected for the legal team.

Kozinski in 2017 retired from the 9th Circuit, the federal appeals court that covers much of the western United States, after the court initiated an investigation into him following allegations of misconduct from former law clerks and other junior staffers.

Kozinski said at the time that remaining in his role would be a distraction to the federal judiciary. He said he "always had a broad sense of humor" and "may not have been mindful enough of the special challenges and pressures that women face in the workplace."

It was never his intention to make his clerks feel uncomfortable, he said.

The Washington Post first reported on the misconduct claims against Kozinski in December 2017. Reuters has not independently verified the claims. The initiation of a complaint is not a finding of wrongdoing.

In 2019, Kozinski returned to the 9th Circuit representing the plaintiff in a lawsuit over alleged copyright infringement in the film "The Shape of Water." The parties in 2021 agreed to dismiss it after Kozinski won a key ruling.

He was also on a team of lawyers in Los Angeles federal court that sued Paramount Pictures Corp last month for alleged copyright infringement over the blockbuster "Top Gun: Maverick." Paramount has said the claims are without merit.

Trump last year filed lawsuits against Twitter, Facebook (NASDAQ:META) and Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL)'s Google after they banned him from their platforms following the Jan. 6 riot.

U.S. District Judge James Donato in San Francisco in May dismissed Trump's lawsuit against Twitter, rejecting the former president's claim that the ban violated his First Amendment freedom of speech.

Twitter said at the time it permanently removed Trump's account as his tweets had violated the platform's policy barring "glorification of violence."

When reached on Friday, an attorney for Twitter referred Reuters to the tech company, and a Twitter spokesperson declined to comment.

Trump hires former 9th Circuit judge Kozinski for Twitter court fight
 

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gab nea
gab nea Jul 04, 2022 6:08PM ET
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us sexual harasses need to stick together!
Paul Kerber
Paul Kerber Jul 04, 2022 2:29PM ET
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Like any establishment bad behavior will not be tolerated especially to Traitors.
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Tom Snell Jul 04, 2022 1:14PM ET
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He always hires the “best people”.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 03, 2022 10:23AM ET
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Birds of a feather flock together.
Irvin Mermelstein
Irvin Mermelstein Jul 03, 2022 4:23AM ET
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Six of Kozinski's female clerks filed sexual conduct complaints against him. He'd show them his ****collection unexpectedly when a clerk was in his Chambers at the Ninth Circuit. Natural match for TFG.
Bonney Lake
Bonney Lake Jul 01, 2022 10:18PM ET
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one of his kind.
Jeff Chevalier
Jeff Chevalier Jul 01, 2022 9:36PM ET
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Trump hires nothing but the best people. LOL
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Barani Krishnan
Barani Krishnan Jul 01, 2022 9:36PM ET
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carlos guo  It's NOT Brandon. It's Biden. Your mere phrasing of the man is insult. Your comment is nothing but spite. Mr Donald Trump engineered an assault on the august Capitol of the United States. That's putting it respectfully.
Mark Jannetty
Mark Jannetty Jul 01, 2022 9:36PM ET
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he deserves Brandon! Trump did absolutely nothing to instigate 1/6. Peacefully and patrioticly let your voices be heard, is not insitefull. Stop the liberal propaganda. Its a political hack job and will not keep him from being reelected.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 01, 2022 9:36PM ET
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@mark Of all the Republicans officials who have testified under oath to Congress about Team Trump's criminal acts, whose testimony did you find most incriminating?
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Co Gonz Jul 01, 2022 9:36PM ET
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Brad Albright you mean of all the hearsay.. since you’re so smart you should understand hearsay doesn’t stand in court
Barani Krishnan
Barani Krishnan Jul 01, 2022 9:36PM ET
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Co Gonz  and Mark Jannetty: Mr Donald Trump, who LOST an election, instigated an assault on the august Capitol of the United States to try and prevent the succession of his lawfully-elected rival. It's a despicable low-down act that no other occupant of the White House had resorted to. Now, is that better context for both of you?
 
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