Sunday, April 21, 2024

Trump Potentially Breaks Gag Order, Attacks Judge in Stormy Daniels Trial, and His Daughter, on Social Media


One day after Donald Trump was gagged from posting about people connected to his criminal case involving Stormy Daniels, he’s violated the order. Trump has now posted an attack on Judge Juan Merchan and his daughter. This is especially alarming since the families of judges have been victims of capital crimes in the last few years. But Trump has no boundaries. Some say he’s exhibiting dementia, but I doubt it. He knows exactly what he’s doing. The ruling orders Trump to “refrain” from “making or directing others to make public statements about known or reasonably foreseeable witnesses concerning their potential participation” in the falsifying business records case, as well as about individual prosecutors, court staff members, jurors and potential jurors. The judge did not include himself or his family directly. But the judge is a “court staff member.” And his daughter would be included by extension. Of course, no reasonable person would assume that a former president of the United States, on trial in a criminal matter, would do such a thing. Will Trump ever be punished for a violation? Stay tuned…
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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