New York Judge Issues Gag Order for Trump Ahead of Criminal Hush-Money Trial, Amidst Legal History of Threatening Remarks

Former Prosecutor Commends New York Judge’s Strict Enforcement of Gag Order Against Trump

In Manhattan, a gag order has been issued for former President Donald Trump as he prepares for his criminal trial next month. Judge Juan Merchan recently granted a motion from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg to prevent Trump from making public statements about jurors and potential witnesses involved in the investigation. The judge also barred Trump from speaking about anyone on the D.A.’s staff, except for Bragg, court staff, and family members of any staff or counsel if such statements are intended to interfere with the case.

This is not the first time that Trump has been subject to a gag order in New York. A previous judge imposed a similar order during Trump’s civil fraud trial after he made negative comments about the judge’s principal clerk. Despite his actions, the D.A.’s motion for the gag order was filed weeks before his online remarks.

Observers, including former U.S. Attorney Harry Litman, noted Judge Merchan’s seriousness in handling the upcoming trial. Litman mentioned the significant gag order imposed on Trump and Merchan’s readiness to enforce it if Trump violates it, especially after a jury is selected. The judge’s actions demonstrate a commitment to ensuring a fair and orderly legal process in the voter deception trial involving the former president.

Trump criticized Judge Merchan and his daughter on Truth Social, a social media platform, on the same day that the gag order was issued. Despite this, litigants must abide by this rule to avoid any interference with proceedings.

The Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg filed a motion requesting that Trump be subjected to a gag order due to several prior threatening and inflammatory remarks made by him regarding jurors and potential witnesses involved in an investigation into hush-money payments made to Stormy Daniels.

Judge Juan Merchan granted Bragg’s motion and ordered that Trump would be prohibited from making public statements about jurors or witnesses involved in this investigation without prior approval from prosecutors.

Merchan highlighted several instances where Trump had previously threatened or made inflammatory comments regarding jurors or witnesses involved in legal proceedings against him.

Litigants must abide by this rule as failure to do so could result in sanctions or even contempt charges being filed against them.

In conclusion, Judge Juan Merchan took swift action when issuing a gag order for former President Donald Trump ahead of his criminal hush-money trial next month. This move demonstrates his commitment to ensuring a fair and orderly legal process while preventing interference with proceedings by limiting what can be said publicly about jurors and potential witnesses involved in an investigation into hush-money payments made to Stormy Daniels.

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