The information presented to Trump’s defense team during discovery will not be permitted to be made public, according to New York State Judge Juan Merchan. From that point, the restrictions get stricter.
“The former president is prohibited from publishing part of the case’s evidence on social media by an order that was granted this week by the New York state court overseeing the criminal hush money case facing Donald Trump.”
“By restricting what Trump might say in public about fresh evidence from the prosecution’s side before the case gets to trial, Judge Juan Merchan mostly supported Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg.”
“Any information and materials submitted by the People to the Defense in connection with its discovery responsibilities… shall be utilized solely for the intent of building a defense regarding this matter,” the ruling states.
“According to Merchan’s ruling, anybody with access to the evidence that state prosecutors have provided to Trump’s team ‘shall not duplicate, distribute or reveal’ the information to other parties, including social media sites, ‘without prior authorization from the court.'”
Without the presence of his attorneys, Trump will also be prohibited from seeing any “limited dissemination information” and won’t be permitted to photograph or copy any of the records. He is also forbidden from looking at “forensic pictures of witnesses cellphones.” The former president will only be permitted to see photographs that have been cleaned and authorized by the court.
In order to bolster its demands, the prosecution pointed to Trump’s earlier actions in other court matters.
The district attorney’s office claimed in a court filing last month that Donald J. Trump “has a lengthy and perhaps unique history of attacking the witnesses, the investigators, the prosecution, trial jury members, grand jurors, justices, and others who are involved with legal proceedings toward him, placing those people as well as their families at a considerable safety risk.”
This is what some conservative media sources are calling a “gag order.” That is not what it is. Trump is still allowed to discuss the matter publicly in any way he sees fit (for the time being, at least). This protective order especially addresses the gathering and dispersal of evidence obtained during discovery.
Nevertheless, it serves a similar objective in that it aims to prevent Trump from publicly framing the discussion around the precise charges made against him. That loss may or may not be significant. Trump’s tirade at a witness would undoubtedly be counterproductive in any scenario, particularly in light of how harshly the court in the case will penalize him. Manhattan is the location in question. By using social media to get the public’s attention in that region, nothing gets accomplished. Only a tough, methodical legal approach has a chance of success.