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 December 5, 2023

Trump appeals latest gag order in New York fraud case

Lawyers for former President Donald Trump are appealing the latest gag order against him in his New York fraud case.

The move comes against Judge Arthur Engoron's effort to quiet Trump in the legal battle against his business.

The situation

"Days after an appeals court in New York reinstated Engoron’s gag order designed to prevent Trump from disparaging Greenfield and other members of his staff, Trump’s lawyers filed a brief Monday with the New York Court of Appeals seeking an 'expedited review' of that decision," according to Yahoo News.

"Without expedited review, [the defendants] will continue to suffer irreparable injury daily, as they are silenced on matters implicating the appearance of bias and impropriety on the bench during a trial of immense stakes," Robert wrote in the filing.

The background

"New York Judge Arthur Engoron issued the order barring Trump from commenting publicly about his staff after the former president published a social media post disparaging Engoron's clerk on Oct. 3, the second day of the trial. The order was later expanded to apply to attorneys in the case," CBS News reported.

"The judge found that Trump and his campaign violated the gag order twice, and Trump paid $15,000 in fines, before the appeals court temporarily stayed the order on Nov. 16," it continued.

There's more

"The clerk sometimes plays an active role in the trial, passing notes to and whispering with the judge. Trump and his lawyers claim the clerk acts as a 'co-judge' in the case, while Engoron has said he can run his court how he pleases," the Hill reported.

"Trump’s legal team requested a mistrial last month, claiming the judge and his clerk 'tainted' the trial with bias against Trump. Engoron denied the motion, calling it 'utterly without merit,'" the Hill reported.

The legal battle is in addition to other Trump cases still pending in Florida, Georgia and Washington.

Trump has blasted the attacks against him, claiming they are a political witchhunt intended to stop his run for president.

The polls continue to show Trump as the top GOP candidate, likely setting him up for a rematch with President Joe Biden next year.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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