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Judge Imposes a Gag Order on Trump Before the Trial

Crime Family'S Made Man &Quot;Judge&Quot; Juan Merchan Imposes Gag Order On Trump
Crime Family’S Made Man “Judge” Merchan Imposes Gag Order On Trump Prior To Trial
Judge imposes a silence regulation on Trump before the trial involving “Hush Money.”

By John Buchard
April 10, 2024

New York, totally in the grasp of the criminal syndicate masquerading as the Democratic Party, is where the Law War against Trump is moving. Distribute “Wise Guy” Judge Merchan held a hearing concerning former President Donald Trump’s quote to postpone or dismiss the “hush money” case against him, the judge issued a gag order on the candidate.

“The uncontested record showing the Defendant’s prior extrajudicial statements establishes an adequate risk to the administration of justice,” the order checks out, “and there exists no less limiting means to prevent such threat.”

“Given that the eve of the trial is upon us, it is without concern that the imminency of the threat of harm is now paramount,” the judge wrote.

Judge Merchan had actually said in a hearing last year that he would not be getting in a gag order at the time, however the order comes after two other courts have released gag orders on President Trump that have actually been upheld by appeals panels.

The President will be disallowed from making remarks or advising others to comment publicly about case witnesses, jurors, court officials, district attorneys, or their families, if such statements aim to prevent or are likely to impede the work of counsel or staff in the criminal case.

The order is modeled after another gag order on President Trump, though the restriction on statements about “potential jurors” appears to be broader than previous orders.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s workplace had asked for the gag order in February to last the period of the trial, citing other prosecutors’ requests for gag orders on the previous president.

“The freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment and the State’s interest in the reasonable administration of justice are linked by the relief sought. The balancing of these interests must feature the greatest examination,” Judge Merchan composed.

Prosecutors had actually presented a large tranche of social media posts President Trump made in relation to the case, consisting of attacks on witnesses’ credibility and character.

The judge said it was significant that President Trump did not reject making these statements or the documented effect those statements had on the targeted celebrations.

Defense attorneys had actually argued that as the presumptive Republican nominee in the 2024 presidential election, President Trump has a First Amendment right to speak about his legal cases and defend himself in the public online forum and that Americans have a First Amendment right to hear his side of the story.

The judge ruled that the remarks in question were not protected from analysis.

The judge observed that the individual’s extraneous comments exceeded the scope of merely protecting themselves against criticisms from prominent figures. In fact, their words were menacing, incendiary, and negative, and they targeted a vast array of people, consisting of regional and federal authorities, court personnel, district attorneys, and civilians, such as grand jurors fulfilling their civic obligations.

Last April, when the judge declined to get in a gag order, he warned the celebrations versus making inflammatory declarations about the case. Defense attorneys argued that the warning sufficed deterrence which President Trump had avoided targeting individuals associated with the case.

In his newest order, the judge stated he was “unpersuaded” this was so, mentioning the “nature and effect” of statements President Trump made in a different federal court case.
April 15 Trial
The trial was initially arranged for March 25, but the defense received more than 100,000 pages of discovery in early March.

This resulted in accusations of prosecutorial misbehavior, and the judge delayed trial, holding a hearing on the discovery concern March 25 rather.
Throughout the hearing, he stated the defense had made severe accusations that were not backed by case law. He found that the district attorneys had fulfilled their discovery responsibilities and were not at fault for federal attorneys supplying discovery so late.
He ended the hearing by buying an April 15 trial, earlier than the prepared April 25 trial to prevent overlap with Passover.

Following his court appearance, President Trump revealed uncertainty throughout a press rundown that the trial for the 34 counts of falsifying business records, as alleged by the Manhattan District Attorney, would happen next month.

The former President’s legal group dealt with a problem when their motions were denied by New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan on March 26. The defense had asked for permission to file new movements and sought to make case documents and correspondence public, however their efforts were unsuccessful. The development raises questions about the possibility of a trial, which could be impacted by the continuous presidential election. The previous President’s remarks suggest that he questions a trial will happen, and instead, court judgments may be issued.

In one order, Justice Merchan mentioned that the filing of brand-new motions is allowed, but only after a one-page pre-motion is submitted to the court and approved initially. In the other, he pointed to a previous protective order he went into which needs some individual information in the event submits to be redacted.

“The Court advises counsel that it expects and welcomes zealous advocacy and creative lawyering,” Justice Merchan wrote. “However, the Court also expects those advocates to demonstrate the proper respect and decorum that is owed to the courts and its judicial officers and to never forget that they are officers of the court. As such, counsel is expected to follow this Court’s orders.”
New Motions
Justice Merchan, who this week set an April 15 trial date, started the order by criticizing the defense’s attempts to “repeatedly” delay the trial. He noted that on March 7, the defense tried once again when they filed a motion to adjourn the trial based on presidential immunity.

“The motion was filed a mere two and a half weeks before the scheduled trial date,” Justice Merchan wrote. The next day, he issued an order prohibiting the filing of new motions without first obtaining permission from the court by filing a one-page “pre-motion letter.”

Defense attorneys had argued that the order was a violation of the Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial because it could block the party from filing new motions. Justice Merchan explained the order was meant to “efficiently manage the case at bar” by giving the parties the necessary time to file “valid” arguments.

Justice Merchan stated that he had the natural power to use his own judgment in handling the court’s schedule, and dismissed the claim under the Sixth Amendment as being unfounded. He also noted that up to the current date, no party had been prevented from submitting a motion.

The judge reviewed the interactions between the parties and the court following his order on March 8th, expressing disapproval towards the defense for mistakenly attaching motions as “exhibits” to their pre-motion letter. He cautioned both sides against exceeding the bounds of zealous advocacy and disregarding the court’s orders.

“Community Concerns Addressed”

Justice Merchan rejected the defense’s plea to make all court documents, orders, and written communications between the Court and the involved parties available to the public at the same time.

He emphasized the necessity of censoring certain information in this instance, leading to the postponement or obstruction of making certain court records public. He also challenged the defense’s assertions that the public is being kept from accessing any information usually disclosed in a public record.

Trump accuses Biden and his supporters of being responsible for numerous court cases during the election season.