Trump Ordered to Keep Quiet Again on Social Media Amid Court Proceedings

by Jessica

The ex-president has been ordered to refrain from making public posts on social media after he publicly mentioned a law clerk during his ongoing New York civil fraud trial.

The court issued this directive in response to concerns that the ex-president’s use of social media could potentially intimidate and influence prospective jurors.

In a motion filed by the court, Judge John Smith expressed apprehension about the ex-president’s actions, stating that he used social media to attack a court staffer after reviewing opposition research on court staff.

As reported by the Conservative Brief on Thursday, October 12, 2023, the motion cited concerns regarding how the ex-president might employ social media research on potential jurors in the case.

The judge requested the implementation of “reasonable and standard restrictions” to limit parties involved in the case from researching potential jurors during jury selection and trial, as well as from using juror research.

The court also urged strict enforcement of “standard practices designed to shield juror identities from the public.”

The motion followed earlier attempts by Judge Smith to expand the investigation into the events of the January 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol Building, including charges against the ex-president.

However, his request to access Rep. Scott Perry’s (R-Pa.) phone records was rejected by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

The appeals court ruled that granting access to Perry’s phone records would infringe upon the Republican lawmaker’s immunity under the Constitution’s “speech and debate” clause.

This clause safeguards members of Congress from being involved in legal proceedings while engaging in their legislative duties.

In this case, Judge Smith sought access to Perry’s communications with colleagues and Trump administration officials to acquire evidence about allies of the ex-president’s alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

The appeals court’s decision marked the first time an appeals court recognized lawmakers’ cell phones as having the same protections as their physical offices.

U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell, who had initially sided with the government’s request to gain access to Perry’s cellphone data, now has to apply the new ruling to any future decisions in the case.

Recently, the prosecution team requested a limited gag order against the former president in his Jan. 6 case, citing the ex-president’s “sustained campaign of prejudicial public statements” against witnesses, prosecutors, and others.

The prosecutors noted that, despite their initial request for a gag order three weeks ago, the ex-president continued making statements that could influence the case.

The request is still pending, and U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan, overseeing the case, has yet to rule on it.

The ongoing legal proceedings are highly sensitive, and the court aims to maintain a fair and impartial environment during the trial and jury selection process.

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