Judge Threatens Trump with Jail for Gag Order Violations in Hush Money Trial


In the ongoing hush money trial involving former President Donald Trump, Judge Juan Merchan has taken a stern stance, recently holding Trump in criminal contempt for repeatedly violating a

gag order. The judge admonished Trump for posts on Truth Social that breached the order, prohibiting any attacks on jurors and witnesses. Merchan issued a fine of $9,000 for nine violations and cautioned that further breaches could result in imprisonment.

Merchan emphasized the seriousness of the violations, stating that the fines, though limited by law, might not effectively deter Trump due to his wealth. Therefore, the judge suggested that jail time might be necessary as a punitive measure if Trump persists in disregarding the court's directives.

The gag order bars Trump from making public statements about witnesses or potential jurors involved in the trial. Merchan clarified that Trump's social media posts and public comments about witnesses and jurors directly contravened this order. Trump was instructed to remove the offending posts from his Truth Social account and campaign website promptly.

In response to concerns raised by Trump's legal team regarding statements made by anticipated witnesses Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels outside the courtroom, Merchan hinted at the possibility of adjusting the gag order to exclude such individuals from its protection.

Michael Cohen, a key figure in the trial, applauded the judge's decision, emphasizing that it underscores the principle that no one is above the law. Despite Trump's defense arguing that his actions were responses to political attacks, the judge found these explanations lacking and stressed that reposting content still constitutes a statement by Trump.

This development in the trial could have significant ramifications for Trump, who faces multiple counts of falsifying business records related to hush money payments to Stormy Daniels. If convicted, Trump could potentially face a prison sentence of up to four years. Photo by Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, Wikimedia commons.

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