Former President Donald Trump has faced a substantial setback as a judge took measures to restrict his social media engagement in connection to an ongoing legal case.
According to the report by Reuters on Tuesday, August 22, the case centered around an indictment in Georgia and involves 13 counts related to efforts made by Trump and his allies to challenge the outcome of the 2020 election in the state.
The pivotal court decision was made by Fulton County Superior Judge Scott McAfee.
The judge’s order has significant implications for Trump’s communication and interactions.
The court has explicitly prohibited Trump from contacting his co-defendants or witnesses involved in the case, except through their legal representatives.
Additionally, the former president is barred from using social media to intimidate or harass co-defendants and witnesses, which includes sharing or reposting content that could potentially obstruct the course of justice.
The order emphasizes that Trump must refrain from any actions that might intimidate individuals known to him as co-defendants or witnesses in the case.
This directive extends to social media activity, ensuring that the former president cannot resort to posts or reposts on social media platforms to indirectly threaten or intimidate those involved in the legal proceedings.
This development isn’t the first instance of legal action aimed at curtailing Trump’s social media presence in relation to ongoing legal battles.
U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is overseeing another legal case related to the 2020 election, had previously cautioned all parties involved to exercise caution in their public statements to avoid prejudicing the jury pool or intimidating potential witnesses.
In this specific case, Trump and 18 others were recently charged in Fulton County, Georgia, for their alleged roles in attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election in the state.
The judge’s order not only limited Trump’s social media engagement but also imposed a $200,000 bond on the former president.
This bond order was notably detailed, specifying that Trump’s restrictions encompass social media posts and any form of indirect threats.
Trump himself confirmed his compliance with the court’s directives through a post on the newly established Truth Social platform.
The former president announced that he would turn himself in Georgia on a designated date, in line with the court’s requirements.
The court’s decision to restrict Trump’s social media activities underscores the significance of the potential influence of online platforms on legal proceedings and public perception.
As a figure with considerable online reach, Trump’s posts could impact the trajectory of ongoing legal cases. The court’s proactive approach in limiting his social media presence aims to ensure a fair legal process.