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Trump Held in Contempt for Violating Gag Order. Here’s the Penalty.

Former President Donald Trump was held in contempt of court on Tuesday for violating a gag order nine times.

Judge Juan Merchan fined Trump $9,000 for repeatedly violating the order when he made public statements about witnesses and jurors, among others connected to the case, on Truth Social and his campaign website. The ruling came after Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg had accused the former president of violating the order multiple times.

Merchan claimed he understood the significance of Trump’s First Amendment rights but warned the presumptive GOP presidential nominee that future violations could bring jail time.

“It is critically important that defendant’s legitimate free speech rights not be curtailed, that he be able to fully campaign for the office which he seeks and that he be able to respond and defend himself against political attacks,” Merchan wrote.

“Defendant is hereby warned that the Court will not tolerate continued willful violations of its lawful orders and that if necessary and appropriate under the circumstances, it will impose an incarceratory punishment.”

The judge also ordered Trump to take the posts in question off social media and his campaign website.

Trump spoke before reporters Tuesday morning.

READ 15 COMMENTS
  • Lela Sandoval says:

    The court is wrong to not allow Trump to contradict the lies they are telling. The court has not presented any real crime to his lawyers for this kangaroo court case! What’s wrong with that picture?

  • annj says:

    WHY CAN’T WE THE PEOPLE, TAKE OUT A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST THESE “BOGUS” ACCUSATIONS AND FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS AGAINST THESE JUDGES, PROSECUTORS & LAWYERS. HEARSAY LAW IS NOT EVIDENCE.

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