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

Judge Merchan Imposes Significant Gag Order on Trump Ahead of Manhattan’s Criminal Hush-Money Trial

In Manhattan, Judge Juan Merchan has issued a gag order for former President Donald Trump as he prepares for his criminal hush-money trial next month. The judge 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.

Trump is also barred 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. Merchan highlighted Trump’s prior threatening and inflammatory remarks cited by the D.A., noting that they could disrupt the court proceedings.

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 this, Trump continued to make negative comments online and criticized Judge Merchan and his daughter on Truth Social, a social media platform, on the day of the gag order issuance. However, Observers noted that the D.A.’s motion for the gag order was filed weeks before his online remarks.

Former U.S. Attorney Harry Litman observed that Judge Merchan’s seriousness in handling the upcoming trial was evident through his imposition of a significant gag order on Trump and 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.

In summary, Judge Juan Merchan has issued a gag order for former President Donald Trump as he prepares for his Manhattan criminal hush-money trial next month due to prior threatening and inflammatory remarks cited by prosecutors that could disrupt court proceedings. This is not the first time that Trump has been subjected to such an order in New York; however, observers noted that Merchan’s seriousness in handling this upcoming trial was evident through his imposition of a significant gag order on Trump and readiness to enforce it if he violated it after selecting jurors.

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