Former Prosecutor Commends New York Judge’s Strict Enforcement of Gag Order Against Trump
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Judge Merchan Imposes Gag Order on Trump’s Manhattan Criminal Trial

In New York, 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. 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.

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 inflammatory remarks on Truth Social, a social media platform, on the same day that the gag order was issued. However, the D.A.’s motion for the gag order was filed weeks before his online remarks.

Judge Merchan reprimanded Trump’s legal team for allegations of prosecutorial misconduct and set the trial date for April 15. Observers, including former U.S. Attorney Harry Litman, noted Judge Merchan’s seriousness in handling the upcoming trial. Litman mentioned the significant gag order imposed on Trump and Merchan’s 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.

The recent gag order was issued due to concerns raised by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg about potential interference with the case by former President Donald Trump’s public statements regarding jurors and witnesses involved in investigations related to hush-money payments made during his presidency.

The D.A.’s motion requested that Trump be prevented from making any public statements regarding jurors or witnesses involved in investigations related to hush-money payments made during his presidency.

Judge Juan Merchan granted this motion and imposed a gag order on Trump.

Trump had already been subjected to a similar gag order during his civil fraud trial after making negative comments about Judge Arthur Englehardt’s principal clerk.

Despite this prior experience with gag orders, Trump continued to make inflammatory comments on Truth Social on the same day that he was served with the latest gag order.

However, Judge Merchan took note of these actions and reprimanded Trump’s legal team for what he considered prosecutorial misconduct.

He also set a trial date of April 15th and emphasized that he would be enforcing the gag order if necessary.

Former U.S. Attorney Harry Litman observed that this was an indication of Judge Merchan’s commitment to ensuring a fair and ordered legal process in this high-profile case involving former President Donald Trump.

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