Appeals Court Weighs Reinstating Trump Gag Order

  • A lawyer representing Donald Trump urged a federal appeals court on Monday to lift a gag order against the former president in a criminal case. Meanwhile, a prosecutor argued that restrictions are essential to prevent intimidation and threats against participants in the case, which charges Trump with scheming to overturn the 2020 election.
  • During the hearing, appeals court judges posed skeptical and, at times, aggressive questions to attorneys on both sides. The judges are deliberating on whether to reinstate an order from a trial judge that prohibited Trump from making inflammatory comments about prosecutors, potential witnesses, and court staff.
  • The judges explored various hypothetical scenarios, seeking to strike a balance between preserving Trump’s First Amendment rights and ensuring the integrity and truth-finding function of the criminal trial process.
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