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Judge Expands Donald Trump Gag Order After Attacks On His Family

A Manhattan decide expanded the restricted gag order imposed on former President Donald Trump over his upcoming hush cash trial after a collection of assaults on the decide and his household.

Judge Juan Merchan barred the previous president from going after his relations or these of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, saying Trump’s efforts served “no legitimate purpose.”

“It merely injects fear in those assigned or called to participate in the proceedings, that not only they, but their family members as well, are ‘fair game’ for Defendant’s vitriol,” Merchan wrote on Monday. “It is no longer just a mere possibility or a reasonable likelihood that there exists a threat to the integrity of the judicial proceedings. The threat is very real.”

His earlier order blocked Trump from disparaging or making public feedback about witnesses, prosecutors, courtroom employees or jurors.

Bragg’s workplace on Monday requested Merchan to increase the order after Trump took goal on the decide’s daughter, spreading false claims about her on social media.

“Defendant’s dangerous, violent, and reprehensible rhetoric fundamentally threatens the integrity of these proceedings and is intended to intimidate witnesses and trial participants alike — including this Court,” the district lawyer wrote in a courtroom submitting.

“[Trump] knows what he is doing, and everyone else does too.”

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