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3:31 p.m. ET, January 26, 2024

Scenes from the courtroom as closing arguments got underway in the defamation case

Donald Trump looks on as his attorney Alina Habba delivers closing arguments on January 26, in this courtroom sketch.

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E. Jean Carroll sat two rows in front of Donald Trump, with a monitor in between them on Friday morning as closing arguments got underway.

Three jurors wore masks. A blonde woman seated in the second row of the box was on the edge of her seat through most of the closing arguments by Roberta Kaplan, Carroll’s attorney, and by Trump’s attorney Alina Habba. The juror to her right was chewing gum and was turned away from the podium. During the 3 1/2 hours he was in the courtroom, Trump mostly sat up in his chair with his elbows on the table.

The former president didn’t sit back until the judge was reading the instructions to the jury. After a 10-minute break, Trump returned to the defense table for Habba’s closing.

Habba was heated during her arguments – so close to the mic, and so loud that her voice was crackling through the sound system. Trump would glance over at her with an appreciative smirk. 

When Habba spoke about Carroll hanging her pants over her window for safety, seemingly mocking her by saying she didn’t call the cops but “she hung the pants” Trump smirked at Habba’s performance.

When it came time to read the instructions to the jury, Judge Lewis Kaplan had the courtroom locked. No one from the jury wanted to take a break. The instructions were the only time Trump sat back in his chair for an extended period. He stretched his back for a second. He took out some Tic Tacs and downed some.

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