NY v Trump: Judge threatens jail time for 'possibly the next president' for future gag order violations


Judge Juan Merchan said on Monday he will consider a jail sentence for former President Trump if he continues to violate the gag order imposed upon him in his unprecedented criminal trial.

Merchan imposed a gag order on Trump before the trial began, ordering that Trump cannot make or direct others to make public statements about witnesses with regard to their potential participation or about counsel in the case – other than Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg – or about court staff, DA staff or family members of staff.

Bragg and prosecutors have alleged more than a dozen violations of the gag order and have already fined the former president $9,000 for those violations.

Merchan, on Monday, fined the former president $1,000 for an additional violation, but said it is "clear" that the fine — $1,000 per violation — is not effective.

The filing states that Trump is "hereby put on notice that if appropriate and warranted, future violations of its lawful orders will be punishable by incarceration."... (Read more)

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