In a motion filed Wednesday morning in federal court, Stephanie Gregory Clifford's attorney Michael Avenatti requested permission to depose President Donald Trump and his private attorney Michael Cohen. Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels, alleges the president and she engaged in a sexual encounter in 2006 while he was married to Melania Trump. Then, in 2016 Trump paid her to keep quiet about it.
The motion defines the president and his private attorney's deposition as a period "of no greater than two hours" in duration and about a non-disclosure agreement Clifford signed 11 days before the 2016 election in scope.
More than one million women report being stalked every year. Given the number of cases that likely go unreported, the number is no doubt even higher. While online stalking -- or cyberstalking -- still remains a somewhat understudied crime, the number of reports related to online harassment are increasing. The effects of stalking on the victim are significant. Victims experience anxiety, insomnia, social dysfunction and depression. They are also more likely to be victims of physical violence and homicide. A full 85 percent of female attempted homicide victims were stalked prior to being attacked.
Earlier this month in the 8-1 decision Elonis v. United States, the United States Supreme Court rejected the standard used by the overwhelming majority of appellate courts in prosecuting federal cyberstalking crimes. In so doing, the Court made it harder for victims of online threats to achieve justice.