Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Trump Lawyers Trumped by Special Prosecutor on Protective Order, Who Claims “Defendant Intends to Litigate Case in the Media” (Read Here)


Where were we?

Special prosecutor Jack Smith filed for a protective order with the court to stop Donald Trump from talking about details of his case in public.

Trump retaliated by posting a bunch of crazy messages on his social media deriding Smith, the judge, Nancy Pelosi, and the US Women’s Soccer Team. Then Trump’s lawyers filed a response to Smith saying his First Amendment rights would be hurt if Trump couldn’t blab about every single piece of material being prepared for the trial.

Smith has now made mincemeat of Trump’s lawyer’s response to the protective order. Filed tonight, Smith writes:

“The defendant’s proposed order would lead to the public dissemination of discovery
material. Indeed, that is the defendant’s stated goal; the defendant seeks to use the discovery
material to litigate this case in the media. But that is contrary to the purpose of criminal discovery,
which is to afford defendants the ability to prepare for and mount a defense in court—not to wage
a media campaign. The Court should instead enter the Government’s proposed order.”

You can read it all here.

Now we wait for Judge Chutkan’s response.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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