Title: Judge Expands Gag Order in Civil Fraud Case Against Donald Trump: Controversy Ensues
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Judge Arthur Engoron has issued an expanded gag order in the civil fraud case against former President Donald Trump taking place in New York state court. This order comes after Trump violated the initial gag order by sharing a photo of the judge’s law clerk alongside U.S. Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer, making unfounded claims about their relationship. As a result, Trump has been fined $15,000 for violating the order twice.
The updated gag order now extends to attorneys involved in the case due to concerns raised about the judge’s clerk passing notes to him during the trial. Defense lawyers have voiced concerns about potential bias stemming from the working relationship between the judge and his clerk.
However, a federal appeals court recently granted a temporary lift of the gag order in a separate criminal case against Trump in Washington, brought by Special Counsel Jack Smith. As a result of this ruling, Trump has been allowed to make statements which had previously been restricted. Additionally, oral arguments on Trump’s appeal of the gag order are scheduled for November 20.
In the New York case, Judge Engoron insists on his right to consult with his staff throughout the trial and states that the expanded gag order is intended to protect their safety. Failure to comply with the gag order will result in severe sanctions.
In relation to the ongoing civil fraud case, both of Trump’s sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, have already given their testimony. It is anticipated that their father will testify on Monday, adding another layer of anticipation and significance to the trial.
The expansion of the gag order has sparked debate and controversy, with critics questioning the impact on freedom of speech and expressing concerns about potential bias in the case. The proceedings continue to draw attention from the public and media alike as the trial unfolds, and the consequences of the expanded gag order become clearer.
As the trial develops, further updates will be provided regarding the legal implications of the gag order and its effects on the civil fraud case against Donald Trump.
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