Trump Seeks to Lift Gag Order Following NY Conviction

Trump's legal team challenges post-trial speech restrictions.

by Nouman Rasool
Trump Seeks to Lift Gag Order Following NY Conviction
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Donald Trump has requested the revocation of the gag order enforced during his recent trial, where he faced charges of falsifying business records. This request comes after Trump's conviction on 34 felony counts last week, which resulted in historic legal repercussions for the former president and current Republican frontrunner.

Throughout his six-week trial, Trump was fined $1,000 on ten occasions for breaching the gag order, which prohibited comments about the trial's participants, including witnesses and legal staff. Despite these infractions, Trump narrowly avoided incarceration.

The gag order, which remains active post-verdict, has been challenged by Trump's legal team, who argue that it infringes on his First Amendment rights, particularly significant as he resumes his political activities. His attorneys, Todd Blanche and Emil Bove, have submitted a formal request asserting that Trump's need to speak publicly is even more crucial now, especially with post-trial commentary from President Biden and key trial witnesses.

Debate Amplifies Defense

Trump's defence highlights the upcoming presidential debate with Biden as a further reason for lifting the restrictions, emphasizing the necessity for Trump to defend his stance freely. While commenting on the trial, President Biden steered clear of directly addressing Trump's guilt but advocated for respect for the legal process, urging that it should not be undermined.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, whose office first sought the gag order after citing Trump's rhetoric as a catalyst for violence and harassment, has not yet responded to the motion to lift the order. The judge has not ruled on that motion, but legal experts believe a ruling will be made before Trump's sentencing on July 11.

Trump faces a potential sentence ranging from 1? to four years, although no mandatory incarceration is required under state guidelines. The jury's decision came after approximately 11 hours of deliberation, concluding that Trump had a role in concealing a $130,000 payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, which was purportedly made to suppress negative publicity during the 2016 presidential campaign.

This payment was part of a broader attempt to influence the election outcome, as argued by prosecutors. As Trump prepares for his next political chapter, the result of this legal battle and the potential lifting of the gag order could significantly impact his public engagements and electoral strategies.