A New York judge is dictating to former President Donald Trump what he is permitted to say regarding his Manhattan criminal case.
ABC reports that New York State Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan granted a request from the office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg to limit what Donald Trump can say publicly about evidence that the prosecution shares with the defense prior to his trial.
The order stated that “any person who receives the Covered Materials shall not copy, disseminate, or disclose the Covered Materials, in any form or by any means, to any third party including, but not limited to, by disseminating or posting the Covered Materials to any news or social media platforms, including, but not limited, to Truth Social, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter, Snapchat, or YouTube, without prior approval from the Court.”
Judge Juan Merchan has slapped a social media gag order on Trump in the Manhattan hush money case.
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Merchan stated last week that, despite the fact that Trump is a candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 2024, he is not prohibiting Trump from commenting on the case, which alleges that Trump falsified business records in 2016 to aid his presidential campaign, as reported by ABC.
“I’m straining to give him every opportunity to make his candidacy. This is not a gag order,” he said.
Trump must attend a virtual hearing during which the order will be read to him. The prosecutors explained that the purpose of the virtual hearing, to which Merchan consented, was to ensure that Trump comprehends the order.
The order stated, “[A]ny materials and information provided by the People to the Defense in accordance with their discovery obligations…shall be used solely for the purposes of preparing a defense in this matter.”
Trump may only examine “Limited Dissemination Materials” provided by the prosecution in the presence of his counsel and “shall not be permitted to independently copy, photograph, transcribe, or otherwise possess the Limited Dissemination Materials.”
Trump is prohibited from viewing “forensic images of witness cell phones,” but the judge may allow him to view “approved portions” of the images.
According to NBC, the DA’s office said in a filing last month that “Donald J. Trump has a longstanding and perhaps singular history of attacking witnesses, investigators, prosecutors, trial jurors, grand jurors, judges, and others involved in legal proceedings against him, putting those individuals and their families at considerable safety risk.”
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Trump’s attorneys said the order infringed upon his rights.
“The People’s Proposed Protective Order infringes upon President Trump’s First Amendment right to freely discuss his own character and qualifications for federal office and the First Amendment rights of the American people to hear President Trump’s side of the story,” they said in a filing. CONTINUE READING…