Appeals court lifts gag order in Trump's civil fraud trial

 November 17, 2023

Last month saw the judge presiding over former President Donald Trump’s New York civil fraud trial imposed a gag order limiting what the defendant can say.  

However, Trump scored a major legal victory this week when an appeals court blocked the order from being enforced. 

Court rules that trial judge overstepped his authority with gag order

According to Fox News, appeals court Judge David Friedman issued a stay on Thursday against the order on Thursday. 

Friedman's decision came down after a hearing in which he expressed skepticism over whether Judge Arthur Engoron had the constitutional authority to limit Trump's First Amendment rights.

He also pointed to the fact that gag orders are typically associated with criminal trials in which there is a concern that jurors might be improperly swayed by a defendant's statements.

In addition to freeing Trump, Friedman also lifted restrictions that Engoron had imposed on the former president's defense team.

Trump hits Engoron and court clerk in post on Truth Social

Fox News noted that Trump reacted to Friedman's ruling by lashing out at Engoron and his court clerk in a post on Truth Social.

"Judge Arthur Engoron has just been overturned (stayed!) by the New York State Appellate Division (Appeals Court), for the 4th TIME (on the same case!)," Trump declared. 

"His Ridiculous and Unconstitutional Gag Order, not allowing me to defend myself against him and his politically biased and out of control, Trump Hating Clerk, who is sinking him and his Court to new levels of LOW, is a disgrace," he wrote.

"They are defending the Worst and Least Respected Attorney General in the United States, Letitia James, who is a Worldwide disgrace, as is her illegal Witch Hunt against me," Trump complained.

"The Radical and Unprecedented actions of Judge Engoron will keep BUSINESSES and JOBS forever out of New York State," the former president concluded.

Trump received two fines for violating gag order and was threatened with jail time

Fox News reported late last month that Engoron fined Trump $10,000 for making disparaging comments about his court clerk when speaking with reporters.

That move came just days after Engoron imposed a $5,000 fine over a separate alleged gag order violation and went on to threaten the former president with jail time.

NBC News reported that the judge became "livid" after it emerged that a post Trump had deleted from Truth Social continued to be visible on his campaign website.

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