Trump hush money trial: Judge fines Trump for gag order violations

Trump hush money trial: Judge fines Trump for gag order violations

Copyright: Reuters

While court is on break, let’s look at the gag order decision from earlier today.

Yesterday, I asked a former judge how Justice Merchan might consider punishing Trump for his repeated violations of the order.

“I do not envy the position he’s in,” said former New York State Acting Supreme Court Justice Diane Kiesel, who oversaw the trial of socialite scammer Anna Delvey.

“On one hand, you gotta lower the hammer because clearly Trump is testing him,” Judge Kiesel added. “On the other hand, what does the judge do if he imposes fines, and then Mr Trump continues to behave like this?”

In his decision, Justice Merchan raised the spectre of jail time if Trump continued to violate the order.

That is not something he would add lightly, Judge Kiesel said.

“Do you really think the judge wants to put the [former] President of the United States in jail?”



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