Judge Threatens Trump with Jail for Violating Gag Order

The judge handling the hush money case involving former President Trump has issued a strong warning after finding Trump guilty of violating a gag order for the tenth time. Judge Juan Merchan ordered Trump to pay $1,000 for attacking jurors in his trial, warning that future violations could result in jail time.

While the judge acknowledged that prosecutors didn’t prove all allegations, Trump still faced consequences for his actions. The gag order forbids Trump from insulting witnesses, jurors, or court staff, but not the judge or the Manhattan District Attorney.

Trump has criticized the restrictions, claiming they violate his First Amendment rights. Despite this, the judge emphasized the importance of upholding the law and ensuring a fair trial. He stated that fines alone weren’t effective in stopping Trump’s violations.

The latest breach of the gag order occurred when Trump made comments about the trial and the jury during media interviews. While Trump’s lawyers argued that his remarks were responses to political attacks, the judge emphasized the need to prevent any actions that could influence the trial’s outcome.

Judge Threatens Trump with Jail for Violating Gag Order
Former President Trump

Regarding specific comments about witnesses, the judge did not find Trump in contempt for all alleged violations. He ruled that some statements didn’t constitute a threat or a breach of the gag order.

Trump’s legal team has appealed the gag order, citing concerns about his ability to defend himself. They pointed out remarks made by President Biden, arguing that Trump should be able to respond. However, the judge clarified that the gag order doesn’t restrict Trump from responding to comments made by others.

The trial revolves around allegations of falsifying business records related to a hush money deal made with an adult film actress before the 2016 election. Trump has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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