Judge imposes gag order on Trump in New York hush money case

by | Mar 26, 2024

Shealah Craighead/ The White House

A judge imposed a gag order on Donald Trump Tuesday at the request of prosecutors. The order, sought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office and granted by Justice Juan Merchan, prohibits Trump from publicly commenting about witnesses and court staff involved in his New York hush money case.

The trial, concerning hush money paid to Stormy Daniels, is slated to commence on April 15 in New York state court.

Prosecutors argue it was necessary to silence Trump, due to his “longstanding history of attacking witnesses, investigators, prosecutors, judges and others involved in legal proceedings against him.”

Trump's legal team contended that implementing a gag order would infringe upon his constitutional right to free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. They argued that such a restriction would render him defenseless against criticism and attacks by political adversaries regarding the case.

Source: Reuters

 

 

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