Trump's gag order appeal in "hush money" case dismissed by New York court

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New York's highest tribunal ruled Tuesday that it volition not see erstwhile President Donald Trump's situation to a gag bid successful the transgression lawsuit successful which helium was precocious convicted of 34 felony counts.

The Court of Appeals wrote successful a one-sentence determination that the entreaty was dismissed "upon the crushed that nary important law question is straight involved."

Todd Blanche, an lawyer for Trump, declined to remark connected the decision.

Justice Juan Merchan issued the gag bid March 26, barring Trump from making nationalist comments astir witnesses, jurors, tribunal and authoritative staff, and the relatives of immoderate counsel oregon tribunal staffer. He aboriginal updated the bid to see members of his ain family.

Merchan cited statements made by Trump astir radical progressive successful the lawsuit arsenic "threatening, inflammatory, [and] denigrating."

Trump violated the gag bid 10 times earlier and during the trial, wherever helium faced charges of falsifying concern records. Trump was recovered blameworthy of signing disconnected connected a strategy to screen up reimbursements for a "hush money" outgo to an big movie prima made days earlier the 2016 statesmanlike election, successful bid to forestall voters from learning of her allegations.

Trump has vowed to entreaty the conviction, and the lawsuit itself whitethorn yet extremity up astatine the Court of Appeals.

Trump openly seethed astatine the gag order, complaining that his escaped code rights were violated by being prevented from talking astir cardinal witnesses successful the case, peculiarly his erstwhile lawyer Michael Cohen and the big movie star, Stormy Daniels.

Arguing earlier a little level appellate tribunal connected April 9, Trump lawyer Emil Bove claimed Trump was incapable to respond to nationalist comments made by Cohen and Daniels.

"Mr. Cohen and Ms. Clifford are attacking President Trump successful nationalist successful a mode that is wholly antithetic than successful immoderate of the different cases," Bove said.

Steven Wu, an lawyer for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, replied that Bove was seeking to springiness Trump screen to hurl "insults" and marque "inflammatory remarks astir radical progressive successful the case."

"The slippery slope astir this law statement is that helium tin onslaught anyone," Wu said, pointing to Trump's societal media attacks against the household members of judges and prosecutors successful respective different cases.

That little tribunal — the appellate division, archetypal section of the New York Supreme Court — dismissed the gag bid appeal successful May, uncovering that Merchan "properly determined that [Trump's] nationalist statements posed a important menace to the integrity of the grounds of witnesses and imaginable witnesses successful this case." Trump sought the Court of Appeals' involution days later.

Trump is scheduled to beryllium sentenced successful the lawsuit connected July 11. Blanche requested connected June 4 that Merchan assistance the gag order, citing the trial's conclusion. Merchan has not issued a nationalist determination connected the matter.

Graham Kates

Graham Kates is an investigative newsman covering transgression justice, privateness issues and accusation information for CBS News Digital. Contact Graham astatine [email protected] oregon [email protected]

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