Trump Faces Gag Order in Manhattan Criminal Trial: Judge Merchan’s Decision to Enforce Justice Amid Inflammatory Statements

Former Prosecutor: New York Judge Demonstrates Sternness by Imposing Gag Order on Trump.

In response to a motion by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Judge Juan Merchan issued a gag order on former President Donald Trump ahead of his Manhattan criminal hush-money trial next month. The order prohibits Trump from making public statements about the D.A.’s staff or witnesses involved in the investigation, except for Bragg himself, court staff members, and family members of any counsel or staff member if those statements are intended to interfere with the case. The judge noted that Trump has made threatening and inflammatory statements in the past, which could disrupt the administration of justice in the court.

This is not the first time Trump has faced a gag order from a judge. The previous judge overseeing Trump’s New York civil fraud trial had imposed a similar order after the former president attacked the judge’s principal clerk. The latest gag order was issued on the same day that Trump criticized the judge and his daughter on Truth Social, despite Bragg’s motion being filed weeks earlier. However, Merchan previously reprimanded Trump’s lawyers for their allegations of prosecutorial misconduct and scheduled the trial for April 15. Legal experts believe that Judge Merchan is prepared to enforce the gag order if Trump violates it, especially once a jury is selected for the trial.

Former U.S. Attorney Harry Litman praised Judge Merchan’s decision to impose a significant gag order on Trump ahead of his upcoming voter deception trial on Twitter. Litman commended Merchan for being focused on enforcing justice and ready to punish anyone who attempts to disrupt it. He also warned that if Trump continues to make inflammatory statements, he risks facing further legal consequences beyond just violating this particular gag order.

Sophia Reynolds

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