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New York Court Releases Crucial Ruling on Trump’s Gag Order

New York’s top court has rejected an appeal from former President Donald Trump concerning the gag order in his hush money case. On Tuesday the court decided not to consider Trump’s challenge, stating it didn’t involve a significant constitutional issue. The gag order was set before the trial that concluded with Trump’s conviction for falsifying business records tied to a payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

The New York Court of Appeals refused to consider the former president’s appeal “upon the ground that no substantial constitutional question is directly involved.” As a result, the gag order that prevents the 2024 frontrunner from discussing jurors, witnesses, and other participants in the Manhattan case will stay in place.

CNBC reported:

Trump’s attorneys have also asked Judge Juan Merchan, who presided over the trial, to terminate the gag order because the trial is over.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office, however, urged Merchan to keep the restrictions in place, at least until after a sentencing hearing is held and certain post-trial motions are resolved.

Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung said in a statement that the former president and his legal team “will continue to fight against the unconstitutional Gag Order imposed by Justice Merchan.”

The order “wrongfully silences” Trump “at the height of his campaign,” Cheung said, adding that voters “have a fundamental right to hear his message.”

Trump’s attorney Todd Blanche did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment. A spokesperson for the Manhattan DA declined to comment.

In May, Trump was found guilty on 34 felony counts of first-degree falsification of business records, marking him as the first U.S. president to be criminally convicted. The case centered around a $130,000 payment meant to prevent adult film actress Stormy Daniels from disclosing a past alleged encounter with Trump, aiming to sway the 2016 presidential election.

Evidence included altered invoices and checks. The trial featured key testimonies, notably from David Pecker, ex-CEO of the National Enquirer, who detailed his involvement in supporting the Trump campaign. After deliberating for a day and a half, the jury, consisting of seven men and five women, unanimously concluded that Trump intended to commit or cover up crimes that breached both New York state and federal campaign finance laws. Trump’s defense claimed political bias influenced the case.

Prosecutors in the trial sought a gag order to prevent him from potentially intimidating witnesses, swaying jurors, and disrupting the trial through public statements. The order barred Trump from commenting on the trial’s participants due to his history of remarks in previous legal matters, which prosecutors viewed as a threat to a “fair” trial.

Despite the order, Trump frequently pushed its boundaries. He incurred a $10,000 fine for ten violations, notably for comments about his former attorney Michael Cohen, and others involved in the trial. The judge also cautioned him that further breaches could lead to imprisonment. Trump’s attorneys challenged the gag order, claiming it violated his First Amendment rights, but the appellate court maintained the order.

READ 17 COMMENTS
  • carl says:

    it’s a bunch of bullshit !
    if the judges daughter can make millions off of disparaging trump on social media then the judge is in conflict of interest.
    1. the opponents in this case can have free reign to say whatever they want, that continues to hurt Trumps well being on the world stage.
    2. where are the gag orders against them .
    3. This violates trumps right to freedom of speech.
    4. this judge should be disbarred for the Abusing the justice system
    5.this is all a political persecution on Donald j. trump
    6. it is a political persecution on the American people that support a candidate for election .
    7.the new York DA should be disbarred from ever being in that office ever again

  • JB says:

    Chances are very slim that this corrupt judge will be fair in his sentencing. I just hope he has a hole to go to with his family. Still unbelievable that a person charged with 34 counts was found guilty of all 34. It is just a matter of time that the jurors names will be released. They won’t be under tax payers paid security forever and will find out what being a public figure is really all about.

  • Zeus Papadopoulos says:

    The fix was in, even before Trump was indicted. Election interference on money paid to a woman who was paid for sex. But, she was paid the money – by Cohen – in 2017 – AFTER the election. What interference? What a monkey trial, in a kangaroo court. Don’t those involve, porky DA, Judge Juan, appellate court judges, NY AG and the Gov, know that when this gets to the Supreme Court, the case will be overturned, those involved will be sued and Trump will literally own NY. Judge Juan should be removed from the bench. Porky DA should be brought before the BAR, for misuse of his position. The American people see exactly what this is. They aren’t even trying to hide their irresponsible behavior. The Mafia (yes, the Mafia), has a stronger code of honor than these Communists.

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