After judge threatens jail time, Trump appeals 'unconstitutional gag order'

 May 10, 2024

On Thursday morning, former President Trump made the announcement that his legal team in the case of New York v. Trump has submitted a motion to appeal the "unconstitutional gag order" that was placed on him. 

This order restricts what he is allowed to say in public regarding the case, as Fox News reported.

"I just want to let you know that we've just filed a major motion in the appellate division concerning the absolutely unconstitutional gag order, where I'm essentially not allowed to talk to you about anything meaningful that's going on in the case. And many good things are going on with the case. It shouldn't have been filed," he said.

What The Order Means

Trump is prohibited by a gag order from publicly speaking or instructing others to do so regarding witnesses or their prospective participation, as well as comments regarding court personnel, district attorney staff, or family members of staff.

The judge in the case has determined that Trump has breached the order a total of ten times, incurring $10,000 in penalties. Further violations of the order would result in jail time for Trump.

On Thursday, Trump also provided members of the media with legal scholars' analysis of the case, including Alan Dershowitz and Jonathan Turley, who expressed skepticism towards the trial.

Trump Response

"'This is a Frankenstein case. They took a dead misdemeanor, they attached it to a dead, alleged federal felony and zapped it back into life," Trump said, quoting Fox News contributor Turley.

"So many of us are just amazed to watch this actually walk into court because it's not a recognizable crime that any of us have seen."

"'I've been doing this for 60 years, and I don't understand what crime he's been charged with. Nobody understands this. I just don't get the crime. There's no evidence of any crime whatsoever. This is a sham,'" Trump continued, quoting Dershowitz.

Thursday marked Trump's return to a Manhattan courtroom, following the testimony of former pornographic actress Stormy Daniels on Tuesday, during which she elaborated on her alleged affair with the then-real estate magnate in 2006.

Daniels Testimony

Daniels testified in court that she encountered Trump in 2006 during a celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe, Nevada. During the event, she claimed that the two individuals engaged in sexual activity in Trump's hotel room, a claim that Trump has categorically refuted in public statements.

Daniels further elaborated in her testimony to the court on her path into the pornography industry, detailing her experiences as a teenager working as an exotic performer.

The case revolves around the alleged falsification of business records. Michael Cohen, the former counsel for Trump, allegedly paid Daniels $130,000 to feign ignorance regarding the alleged extramarital affair, according to prosecutors.

On the basis of prosecutors' allegations that the Trump Organization reimbursed Cohen and fraudulently billed the funds as legal fees, they are attempting to establish that Trump fabricated documents with the explicit purpose of committing or concealing a second felony offense.

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