Appeals Court Rules Against Trump in Hush Money Case Proceedings

A New York appeals court recently delivered a setback to former President Donald Trump during his ongoing legal troubles. The court denied Trump’s attempt to overturn a gag order connected to his trial.


The gag order was issued by Judge Juan Merchan, who is in charge of Trump’s hush money trial. This decision came to light through recent court documents.

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The trial revolves around accusations made by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. Bragg has charged Trump with falsifying business documents to conceal a payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during his 2016 presidential campaign. This payment is said to have been made to stop Daniels from publicly discussing her claims of an affair with Trump.

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Trump has consistently denied having an affair with Daniels and has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He claims that the charges are politically motivated, directed by Bragg.

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The appeals court supported Judge Merchan’s concerns that Trump’s public comments could seriously harm the trial’s integrity. They agreed that these comments might influence the testimony of witnesses or potential witnesses.

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Trump has faced multiple challenges with the gag order since the start of the trial. He has repeatedly tried to overturn or modify the order without success.

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There have also been instances where Trump’s posts on social media were scrutinized to determine if they breached the gag order. This led to Judge Merchan warning Trump about the possibility of jail if he continued violating the order.

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The gag order specifically prohibits Trump from publicly discussing witnesses, the judge’s or the district attorney’s staff and family, and prospective jurors.

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However, the order does allow Trump to make public comments about both District Attorney Bragg and Judge Merchan.

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Overall, this situation adds to a series of legal difficulties for Trump, highlighting the ongoing tensions and challenges he faces in this legal battle.