Court employee arrested for disrupting Trump's civil fraud trial

October 18, 2023

Axios reported that former President Donald Trump made his second court appearance this week in the civil lawsuit filed against him by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

However, the proceedings took a chaotic turn when a woman loudly declared her support for the former president. 

Woman is a court employee

Axios cited a statement from Lucian Chalfen, who serves as a spokesperson for the New York State Unified Court System.

Chalfen explained that the incident involved a court employee who was arrested on Wednesday after she began "yelling out to Mr. Trump, indicating she wanted to assist him."

Chalfen went on to stress that the woman was apprehended while she was some distance from Trump, adding, "None of the parties were ever in any danger."

Newsweek reported that the disruptive employee has been charged with Contempt of Court in the 2nd degree and is now on administrative leave immediately.

Trump told to lower his voice

Law360 reporter Frank Runyeon put up footage on the social media platform previously known as Twitter in which a woman could be seen being put into a police car.

Axios noted that this was not the only drama to involve Trump on Wednesday, as Judge Arthur Engoron at one point told Trump to lower his voice when speaking with his attorneys.

That instruction came after a complaint was raised by one of the New York Attorney General's office's lawyers, who said the former president could be heard on the witness' side of the courtroom.

D.C. judge imposes gag order on Trump

Meanwhile, Trump also made headlines this week when the judge overseeing his criminal trial on charges stemming from the 2020 election imposed a partial gag order.

According to Fox News, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan moved on Monday to ban the former president from making statements about Special Counsel Jack Smith, members of his staff, potential witnesses, or court employees.

Trump's attorneys are appealing the order saying it embraces "new ground in respect to the First Amendment that would regulate campaign speech."

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