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Court of Appeals declines to hear Trump team’s request to lift gag order

June 18, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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STATEWIDE — THE NEW YORK COURT OF APPEALS, the state’s top court, has declined to hear an appeal of former President Donald Trump’s gag order, in a new legal setback for the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. On Tuesday, June 18, the Court of Appeals ruled that there was no urgency in hearing the appeal because “no substantial constitutional question is directly involved,” thus leaving the gag order in place, reports the Associated Press. State Supreme Court Justice Juan M. Merchan imposed the gag order on March 26, a few weeks before the trial began, after prosecutors raised concerns about Trump’s repeated verbal attacks on the people involved in his cases. When Trump reportedly violated the gag order, Justice Merchan held him in contempt of court, fined him $10,000 and threatened to jail him if he tried again. Trump has repeatedly protested the gag order, which blocks him from commenting on witnesses, jurors and others who were involved in the hush money case.

Judge Merchan is expected to decide on another request from one of Trump’s defense team, possibly before a scheduled debate later this month with President Joe Biden, who is running for re-election.

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