Trump's new lawyer has a history of courting controversy and a cloud hanging over his legal decisions: report
Trump attorney Bruce Castor Jr. (YouTube screenshot)

The attorney who is expected to be the face of Donald Trump's defense when the former president stands trial in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday has a history of controversy and legal decisions from his stint as a prosecutor that still haunts him whenever his name gets mentioned.

In a deep dive into the life of attorney Bruce Castor Jr. of Pennsylvania, the Washington Post reports that the 59-year old former prosecutor is not the shy retiring type, but instead has a taste for standing before microphones advocating for his clients and his cases -- noting he was a fixture on the local news for years.

Born the son of a prominent attorney and part of a family whose history in Pennsylvania dates back to 1732, the Post called the Trump attorney a "magnet for controversy," before adding, "Castor's career since he left the Montgomery County, Pa., district attorney's office has been something else entirely: fractious, circuitous, novel-worthy — and rarely boring. Castor does not do boring."

Most notable in his long career before going into private practice was his decision to not prosecute television star Bill Cosby in 2005 when a Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, accused the comedian of sexual assault. Years later another prosecutor, Castor's former first assistant, Kevin Steele, took the case to court and won with Castor appearing as a defense witness for the Cosby, claiming testimony the celebrity made in a civil suit filed by the woman couldn't be used in the criminal trial.

"Castor explained that he made the decision so that Cosby couldn't plead the Fifth Amendment in a civil case brought by the woman, Andrea Constand, which was ultimately settled in 2006. Cosby's team used the supposed agreement in failed attempts to get the later criminal case dismissed and to argue that Cosby's deposition in that civil case couldn't be used at trial," the Post reported, adding, "Castor later sued Constand and her lawyers, arguing that they had defamed him and cost him his political career," with a Philadelphia judge eventually ruling against him.

As for the Trump trial, Castor -- whose private law practice now involves "medical malpractice, personal injury and 'people falsely accused in Me Too cases where their reputations were ruined,' as he put it -- says he is not a grandstander but will take the lead in "the overall presentation and strategy," of the ex-president's case during which he is expected to push the argument that the trial of the Trump is unconstitutional now that he is out of office.

That legal argument was dismissed by Chuck Cooper, a leading Washington D.C. attorney who represented John Bolton during Trump's first impeachment trial.

Castor has already courted new controversy before the Trump trial begins by appearing on Fox News and making inflammatory comments that Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) called "sad and pathetic."

The report goes on to note that Castor has not met personally with his client and was meeting with fellow Trump attorney David Schoen in person for the first time this past Sunday -- for a case that begins tomorrow.

You can read more about his legal history here and watch him defending his handling of the Bill Cosby case below:


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