New York Court Releases Crucial NEW Ruling On Trump

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The appeal filed by former President Donald Trump over the gag order in his hush money case was denied by the highest court in New York. Trump’s challenge was dismissed by the court on Tuesday because it did not present a serious constitutional dispute. Before Trump’s conviction for fabricating company records connected to a payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, a gag order was put in place.

The appeal of the former president was dismissed by the New York Court of Appeals “because no significant constitutional question is directly involved.” The gag order, which forbids the front-runner for 2024 from talking about the jurors, witnesses, and other parties involved in the Manhattan case, will therefore remain in effect.

CNBC reported:

Trump’s attorneys have also asked Judge Juan Merchan, who presided over the trial, to terminate the gag order because the trial is over.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office, however, urged Merchan to keep the restrictions in place, at least until after a sentencing hearing is held and certain post-trial motions are resolved.

Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung said in a statement that the former president and his legal team “will continue to fight against the unconstitutional Gag Order imposed by Justice Merchan.”

The order “wrongfully silences” Trump “at the height of his campaign,” Cheung said, adding that voters “have a fundamental right to hear his message.”

Trump’s attorney Todd Blanche did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment. A spokesperson for the Manhattan DA declined to comment.

As the first U.S. president to be legally convicted, Trump was found guilty in May on 34 felony counts of first-degree falsification of business records. In order to influence the 2016 presidential election, the case revolved around a $130,000 payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in order to keep her from revealing details of her claimed previous meeting with Trump.

Changed checks and invoices were presented as evidence. Important testimony was given during the trial, most notably by David Pecker, the former CEO of the National Enquirer, who described how he assisted the Trump campaign. The jury, which was made up of seven men and five women, came to the unanimous decision after a day and a half of deliberations that Trump planned to either commit or conceal offenses that violated federal and state campaign finance rules in New York. According to Trump’s argument, the case was impacted by political bias.

In order to stop him from possibly intimidating witnesses, influencing juries, and interfering with the trial by making public remarks, the prosecution in the case requested a gag order. Because of his past comments in other court cases, which the prosecutors saw as a danger to a “fair” trial, the injunction prohibited Trump from making any comments about the participants in the trial.

Even with the injunction, Trump regularly went over its bounds. He was fined $10,000 for ten infractions, most notably for remarks he made regarding other trial participants and Michael Cohen, his former lawyer. In addition, the judge warned him that more infractions might result in jail time. Trump’s legal team contested the gag order, arguing that it went against his First Amendment rights. However, the decision was upheld by the appellate court.

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