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Gagged and Silenced: Judge Juan Merchan’s Imposition of a Gag Order on Trump in Manhattan Criminal Hush-Money Trial

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
Former Prosecutor: New York Judge Demonstrates Sternness by Imposing Gag Order on Trump.

In an effort to prevent former President Donald Trump from publicly discussing jurors and witnesses involved in the investigation, New York Judge Juan Merchan has imposed a gag order on Trump before his Manhattan criminal hush-money trial next month. The order was issued after a motion by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who argued that such discussions could interfere with the case. Merchan also prohibited Trump from making public statements about the D.A.’s staff, 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.

Trump has faced a gag order from a judge before, during his New York civil fraud trial. The previous judge overseeing the trial had imposed a similar order after Trump attacked the judge’s principal clerk. This latest gag order was issued on the same day that Trump criticized the judge and his daughter on Truth Social, despite the D.A.’s motion being filed weeks earlier. Legal experts believe Judge Merchan is prepared to enforce the gag order if Trump violates it, especially after a jury is in place for the trial.

Former U.S. Attorney Harry Litman commented on Twitter that Judge Merchan is very focused on the upcoming trial of voter deception and has imposed a significant gag order on Trump. Litman praised the judge for being ready to enforce the order if Trump disregards it, especially once a jury is selected.

By Samantha Nguyen

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