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Justice restricts Trump’s speech throughout trial.

By b0oua Mar 27, 2024

Judge Juan Merchan, who will preside over the proceedings at Donald Trump’s criminal trial in New York, imposed speaking restrictions on the former president on Tuesday March 26.

The decision was revealed a few hours after Donald Trump published a message attacking the magistrate and his daughter on his Truth Social network.

The judge at Donald Trump’s New York criminal trial imposed speech restrictions on him on Tuesday March 26, particularly concerning witnesses, jurors and court staff.

This decision by Judge Juan Merchan, who will preside over the proceedings at the trial of the ex-president for hidden payments to a pornographic film actress in 2016 , from April 15 is announced a few hours after a publication by Donald Trump on his Truth network Social attacking the magistrate and his daughter.

It calls on Donald Trump to refrain from public comments targeting “known or probable witnesses” at the trial, members of the prosecutor’s team with the exception of the latter, members of their family, as well as “any juror or putative juror in this criminal proceeding .

This decision was announced a few hours after publications by the Republican candidate for the November presidential election on his Truth Social network attacking the magistrate and his daughter.

Donald Trump accused Juan Merchan of “hating” him , saying he should recuse himself because he could not guarantee him “a fair trial” . He added that the judge’s daughter worked for a company employed by the Democratic representative to the House of Representatives Adam Schiff, one of his fiercest opponents in Congress.

Without directly citing the publications he is targeting, Judge Merchan mentions “statements targeting this court and a member of the latter’s family, the prosecutor and a deputy prosecutor, the witnesses in this case” and recalls his attacks in d other trials which led to similar decisions.

Donald Trump is under restrictions on speaking about his federal trial in Washington on charges of illegal maneuvering to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The restrictions include prosecutors (with the exception of the special prosecutor Jack Smith who is investigating the case), court staff, and witnesses.

During his civil trial in New York for financial fraud within his real estate empire, the Trump Organization, Judge Arthur Engoron had prohibited the parties from any public comments targeting his team, after a “degrading” publication for his chief clerk issued by Donald Trump on Truth Social.

Trump mentioned Merchan’s adult daughter in a social media post Tuesday morning, decrying her work for a Democratic consulting firm. Trump’s lawyers in 2023 argued Merchan should step down from the case, an effort Merchan rejected.

Trump is charged with falsifying business records related to reimbursements for a $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels in the days before the 2016 election. Daniels alleged she had an affair with Trump years earlier and agreed to sell the rights to her story in exchange for the payment. The former president has denied the affair and pleaded not guilty, alleging the prosecution is part of a politically motivated effort to prevent him from winning the presidency in November.

Merchan emphasized the urgency of imposing the gag order before the trial begins, citing a pattern of threats and intimidation that has accompanied Trump’s other cases. He noted how the “nature and impact” of Trump’s statements about his federal election interference case in Washington, D.C., prompted the judge in that matter to issue a similar gag order. Merchan wrote that such prior statements establish “a sufficient risk to the administration of justice.”

Trump is also barred from publicly commenting on counsel in the case other than Bragg. Speaking to the press after a hearing in the case Monday, Trump called one prosecutor in Bragg’s office, Matthew Colangelo, a “radical.” Trump has frequently mentioned Colangelo’s previous work for the Justice Department in his social media posts.

A spokesperson for Bragg declined to comment. A spokesperson for Trump’s presidential campaign said the order “violates the civil rights of over 100 million Americans who follow President Trump.”

“Judge Merchan’s unconstitutional gag order prevents President Trump — the leading candidate for President of the United States — from engaging in core political speech, which is entitled to the highest level of protection under the First Amendment,” Cheung said.



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