Manhattan Judge Issues Gag Order for Trump Ahead of Hush-Money Trial: What You Need to Know

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

In New York, former President Donald Trump has been issued a gag order by Judge Juan Merchan 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. 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.

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. The recent gag order was issued on the same day that Trump criticized the judge and his daughter on Truth Social, a social media platform. Despite this, 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.

Trump had previously made threatening and inflammatory remarks cited by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg when filing his motion for a gag order against him. These remarks could have disrupted court proceedings if they were made public during his Manhattan criminal hush-money trial next month.

The gag order prohibits Trump from making any public statements regarding jurors or potential witnesses involved in the investigation or anyone else who works for Bragg’s office except for Bragg himself, court staff, and family members of any staff or counsel if such statements are intended to interfere with the case.

Trump had already faced criticism over his online comments on Truth Social just hours before Judge Juan Merchan issued him with another gag order – this time preventing him from discussing anything related to his upcoming criminal trial.

Despite this new restriction on what he can say publicly about his case ahead of next month’s Manhattan hush-money trial involving adult film star Stormy Daniels, Mr. Trump continued to make inflammatory claims about Mr. Bragg’s handling of his case.

Mr. Litman said: “Judge Merchan has clearly taken this seriously and is determined to ensure that there are no disruptions or interference with witness testimony.”

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