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Trump Ordered To Release Documents In Trump University Lawsuit

Photo caption: Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the San Diego Convention Center on May 27, ...

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Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the San Diego Convention Center on May 27, 2016.


Steve Walsh, reporter, KPBS News


Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump has railed against Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over the class action lawsuit brought by former Trump University students who claim they were not taught what was promised.

At the same time as presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was speaking at the San Diego Convention Center on Friday, a federal judge in the San Diego civil suit against Trump University was ordering the release of key documents in the case.

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Federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel is shown in this undated photo.

From the stage, Trump spent a substantial portion of his speech complaining about the plaintiffs and their law firm. He questioned the heritage of federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel, calling him Mexican, though the former prosecutor is originally from East Chicago, Indiana.

The trial is scheduled for later in November, after the presidential election.

"The judges in this court system, federal court, they should look into what Judge Curiel is doing,” Trump said Friday. "Because what Judge Curiel is doing is a total disgrace. But we'll come back in November. Wouldn't that be wild if I'm president and I come back to do a civil case?"

The class action suit claims deceptive practices by Trump University. It is one of a handful of suits filed against the now-defunct school, but the one moving closest to trial. A trial date was originally scheduled for this summer, but the judge postponed the case because of the presidential election. The case is now set for trial on Nov. 28. Trump is on the witness list to testify.

Curiel ordered the release of so called "play books," which outline how Trump University operated.

According to the judge's order, now posted on Politico, Curiel felt most of the material was "not confidential" and that much of the information is similar to information that had already been placed on the Internet. In his ruling, Curiel said the "defendant has thus failed to articulate compelling reasons for why the material should remained sealed."

Students in the lawsuit claim Trump took their money while instructors taught them little about real estate. On stage Friday in San Diego, the presumptive GOP nominee said there were thousands of former students who gave the program positive evaluations, including some of those now involved in the lawsuit. Curiel gave Trump's lawyers until Thursday to release the documents.

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