Judge Juan Merchan Imposes Gag Order on Trump as He Prepares for Manhattan Hush-Money Trial, Reiterating Commitment to Fair and Orderly Legal Process

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

In New York, Judge Juan Merchan recently 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.

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. Merchan highlighted Trump’s prior threatening and inflammatory remarks cited by the D.A., noting that they could disrupt the court proceedings.

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 negative comments about the judge and his daughter on Truth Social, a social media platform, just days before the gag order was issued.

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.

In summary, Judge Juan Merchan issued a gag order for former President Donald Trump as he prepares for his Manhattan criminal hush-money trial next month due to his prior threatening and inflammatory remarks cited by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s motion to prevent him from making public statements about jurors and potential witnesses involved in the investigation.

The previous judge imposed a similar gag order during Trump’s civil fraud trial after he made negative comments about her principal clerk; however, this did not stop him from continuing to make negative comments just days before issuing another gag order.

Observers noted Judge Merchan’s seriousness in handling this significant case by imposing an extensive gag order on Trump and her readiness to enforce it if he violates it after selecting a jury.

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