“You’re going to sit in a jail cell” – Former Judge Sends Strong Message to Trump

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According to a report by Newsweek on Monday, April 1, 2024, former President Donald Trump has been sternly cautioned against defying the gag order instituted in his hush money case, with legal experts emphasizing that such actions could lead to severe repercussions, including potential jail time.

Speaking on CNN, retired judge LaDoris Cordell issued a stark warning, highlighting the gravity of Trump’s online conduct and the imminent threat it poses to the legal proceedings.

“When he steps across that gag order line—and I do hope it will be expanded—there should be only one response: bring your toothbrush Donald Trump because you’re going to sit in a jail cell for a while,” Cordell asserted, emphasizing the necessity for immediate consequences when defying a court order.

The gag order was imposed by Judge Juan Merchan following Trump’s public remarks targeting Merchan and his daughter, Loren Merchan.

Trump’s criticisms included attacks on Merchan’s daughter for her affiliations with Democratic political circles, prompting calls for the judge’s recusal from the case.

At the heart of the matter lies accusations against Trump of falsifying business records concerning hush money payments made to former adult film star Stormy Daniels.

These payments allegedly aimed to conceal an alleged affair before the 2016 election. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg leads the prosecution, alleging that the payments formed part of a broader scheme to suppress potentially damaging stories about Trump.

Despite facing 34 charges, Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for 2024, maintains his innocence, pleading not guilty to all counts.

Cordell expressed concerns over perceived double standards in how Trump is handled by the courts, stating, “When I was on the bench there’s no way anyone would carry on like this without more severe consequences.”

She emphasized the imperative for immediate action to uphold the integrity of the judicial system and deter threats and intimidation tactics.

Joyce Vance, a former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, echoed similar sentiments in a blog post, advocating for stringent measures in the event of Trump’s non-compliance.

Vance highlighted the potential consequences of criminal contempt, which could entail fines of up to $1,000 or a maximum of 30 days in jail in New York.

Given Trump’s past behavior and the apparent ineffectiveness of financial penalties, Vance argued that custodial sentences may be the only viable means of enforcement.

In the midst of mounting scrutiny and legal battles, Trump’s defiance of the gag order threatens to plunge him into further legal jeopardy.

The stakes are high, with the potential for incarceration looming large should he stray beyond the confines of the court’s directives.

 

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