New York judge partially lifts Trump gag order in hush money lawsuit

A New York judge has partially lifted a gag order against Donald Trump in his hush money lawsuit after he was convicted last month of falsifying business records.

Judge Juan Marchan wrote in his ruling on Tuesday that Trump will now be permitted to publicly comment about witnesses in the case and speak generally about jurors in his trial.

Former presidents are still barred from speaking publicly about court officials, prosecutors and their families.

The identities of the jurors are being kept secret due to the high profile of the trial, but Judge Marchan said their identities would also continue to be protected.

President Trump has frequently voiced opposition to the gag order, arguing it is unconstitutional.

In a statement on Tuesday, his spokesman called Judge Marchan’s decision “another unlawful decision by a judge with a significant conflict of interest.”

Judge Marchan first issued a gag order against Trump in late March, but expanded it a week after Trump attacked the judge’s daughter on social media.

Trump was ultimately fined thousands of dollars and threatened with prison time for violating the order during the trial.

Trump’s lawyers sought to lift a full disclosure order after a New York jury convicted him in May of falsifying business records to hide hush money payments he made to adult film stars before the 2016 election.

Prosecutors did not oppose lifting some gag orders barring Trump from commenting about witnesses.

The former president made multiple social media posts attacking his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, who is the prosecution’s main witness.

Trump had maintained that he was merely responding to attacks by Cohen, who had called him a variety of names on social media.

Regarding the jury, Judge Marchan said in his ruling that it was “the strong preference of this Court” to continue to prohibit Trump from speaking about the jury pool.

“[T]”There is ample evidence here to justify continuing concerns about the juror,” he wrote.

But he said the court’s consistency requires that Trump be allowed to comment without revealing jurors’ identities.

During his trial, Trump was fined for comments he made critical of the 12-person committee, claiming that “95%” of it were Democrats.

The former president and presumptive Republican presidential candidate is still barred from speaking about prosecutors, court officials and their families because their work isn’t done even after the sentence is handed down, Judge Marchan said.

“Pending the issuance of a ruling, all individuals must continue to carry out their lawful duties without threat, intimidation, harassment or harm,” he wrote.

Trump is scheduled to be sentenced on July 11. He will be the first former president to be convicted of a criminal offense.

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