(TheRedWire.com) – The New York appeals court has decided that the gag order that blocks former President Donald Trump from making comments about court staff in his New York civil fraud case is going to remain in place.
The gag order was first placed on Trump in October after he and his legal team made inappropriate comments attacking the court staff of Judge Arthur Engoron. Trump had also chastised one of Engoron’s clerks, claiming she was Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) girlfriend.
The New York Supreme Court, which is a trial court, has decided to uphold the gag order, stating that the limitations placed on Trump’s speech were not unlawful. The court pointed out in its opinion that due to the narrowness of the Gag order, there was not a lot of potential harm. They further pointed out that the limitation only prohibited them from commenting on the court’s staff.
Engoron has previously stated that after Trump’s remarks, his staff had received floods of threats. He proceeded to expand the order to include the attorneys of the former President after they made a series of comments regarding his communication with his staff members through passing notes.
He wrote that the law clerks were public servants and that it was up to him to tell them how they needed to perform their jobs. He added that the defense did not have the right to access the confidential communications he shared with his court staff.
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