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Judge imposes speech restrictions at Trump's criminal trial

Judge imposes speech restrictions at Trump's criminal trial

Donald Trump.
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The decision by Judge Juan Mercen was announced hours after Donald Trump posted his truth on social media attacking the magistrate and her daughter.

A judge in the New York criminal trial of Donald Trump for allegedly paying a pornographic actress in 2016 imposed restrictions on his speech on Tuesday, specifically regarding witnesses, judges and court staff. The decision by Judge Juan Merchon, who has been presiding over deliberations in the former president's trial since April 15, follows a request made by lawyer Alvin Bragg in February.

He has sent a notice to refrain from public comments aimed at Donald Trump “Known or Potential Witnesses” In the trial, the members of the prosecution team, except the latter, their family members and “Any jury or jury in this criminal proceeding”. The decision was announced hours after the Republican candidate for the November presidential election posted his truth on social media attacking the magistrate and his daughter.

Trump accused the judge of 'hating' him

Donald Trump accuses Juan Merson “Hate”He believes that he must renounce himself because he cannot guarantee him “Fair Trial”. He also said the judge's daughter worked for a firm employed by one of his staunchest opponents in Congress, Democratic House Representative Adam Schiff. Judge Merson notes, without directly citing the publications he targets “Statements addressed to this court and his family member, counsel and deputy counsel, witnesses in this case” and recalls his attacks on other experiments which led to similar results.

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Donald Trump has been restricted from speaking about his federal investigation in Washington on charges he tried to illegally change the results of the 2020 election. These restrictions include prosecutors (with the exception of Special Counsel Jack Smith, who is prosecuting the case), and court staff. , and witnesses. During a civil trial in New York for embezzling funds within his real estate empire, the Trump Organization, Judge Arthur Engoron barred the parties from any public comments targeting his team after a release. “degrading” Donald Trump posted on Truth Social to its Chief Clerk.

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