New York Appeals Court Temporarily Blocks Gag Order in Trump's Civil Fraud Trial

Zoey Waverider

Updated Friday, November 17, 2023 at 5:42 AM CDT

New York Appeals Court Temporarily Blocks Gag Order in Trump's Civil Fraud Trial

In a significant development for former President Donald Trump, the New York appeals court has temporarily lifted a gag order that was imposed during his ongoing civil fraud trial. Appellate Division Justice David Friedman cited "constitutional and statutory rights at issue" as the reason for the block, which has been a point of contention for Trump and his legal team.

The gag order, initially set by Judge Arthur Engoron, aimed to prevent Trump from publicly criticizing the judge's law clerk, Allison Greenfield, on his social media platform, Truth Social. The order was later expanded to include Trump's attorneys after they expressed grievances about Greenfield's behavior during court proceedings.

Trump's legal team, which includes Christopher Kise and Alina Habba, had filed a motion for a mistrial, alleging bias from Judge Engoron and improper influence from his clerk. The motion, which spanned 30 pages, argued that the gag order was not narrowly tailored and infringed upon Trump's free speech rights, especially during his presidential campaign.

Despite the gag order, Trump violated its terms and was subsequently fined $15,000 for his actions, including a social media post and comments made in a courthouse hallway. These fines and the gag order have been central to the legal battle, with Trump's lawyers citing constitutional protections of free speech as grounds to contest the restrictions.

The stay on the gag order will remain effective until at least November 27, when a full panel of appeals court judges is set to review the matter. This pause in enforcement gives Trump the opportunity to speak freely about the case and the court staff, at least temporarily.

At the core of the trial is a lawsuit by New York Attorney General Letitia James against Trump, his sons Eric and Donald Trump Jr., and their corporation. They are accused of overvaluing real-estate properties to secure loans, with James seeking $250 million in damages. Judge Engoron had ruled that the Trumps committed fraud and ordered the cancellation of Trump's business certificates, a decision which could potentially end Trump's business operations in New York State. This ruling is currently on hold pending appeal.

In related legal challenges, Trump also faces a gag order in a federal criminal election interference case and a protective order in Georgia's election interference case. These cases, along with the New York civil fraud trial, form a complex web of legal battles that could have significant implications for Trump's business empire and his political future, particularly as he remains a frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

Trump's eldest sons have testified in the financial fraud trial, defending their father and his company's practices. Meanwhile, Judge Aileen Cannon in Florida has set a trial date for Trump's classified documents case, rejecting a motion to postpone it until after the 2024 election.

The outcome of these legal battles, including the appeals court's decision on the gag order, will likely play a pivotal role in shaping Trump's public statements and behavior as he navigates through these numerous and high-stakes court proceedings.

Republican Bias:

Here we have yet another example of liberal overreach and suppression of conservative voices. The New York appeals court has finally seen sense and lifted the unconstitutional gag order on former President Trump, which was nothing more than a blatant attempt by the liberal judiciary to silence him. The gag order, imposed by Judge Engoron, was a clear violation of Trump's free speech rights, and was expanded to include Trump's attorneys simply for voicing legitimate concerns about the conduct of the judge's clerk. Despite the liberal media's attempts to paint Trump as the villain, it is clear that this is just another witch hunt against him and his family by the Democrats, who are desperate to tarnish his reputation ahead of the 2024 election.

Liberal Bias:

In a shocking display of judicial leniency, the New York appeals court has temporarily lifted a gag order on former President Trump, who has been flagrantly disrespecting the court's authority. This move allows Trump to continue his campaign of misinformation and public intimidation, undermining the integrity of the ongoing civil fraud trial. Trump's legal team has been working tirelessly to spin this as a free speech issue, but let's be clear: this is about accountability for financial fraud. Yet, once again, Trump manages to evade the consequences of his actions, even as he remains a key figure in multiple legal battles that could have significant implications for his business empire and political future.

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