Trump trial: new fine and new threat of incarceration

Trump trial: new fine and new threat of incarceration
Trump trial: new fine and new threat of incarceration

The judge overseeing Donald Trump’s trial in New York has fined Donald Trump another $1,000 for violating his gag order a tenth time. In making his ruling, Juan Merchan said Trump might not give him the option of sending him to prison if he violates his order again.

“The magnitude of this decision is not lost on me, but ultimately I have a job to do,” the judge said before the start of the third week of testimony. “Also, while I do not wish to impose a prison sentence, I want you to understand that I will do so if it is necessary and appropriate.” Your continued and willful violations of this court’s legal order constitute a direct attack on the rule of law. »

Listening to the judge, Trump shook his head as he was handed the hard copy of the decision, according to the CNN report.

The gag order prohibits Trump from attacking jurors, witnesses, prosecutors and family members of Manhattan judge and prosecutor Alvin Bragg. Last week, the former president was fined $9,000 for nine violations of the judge’s order. The latter issued a decision on Monday after the Manhattan prosecutor’s office presented him with four new violations. He picked out just one, a statement Trump made during an interview in which he complained that “95 percent of the jurors are Democrats.”

“Mr. Trump, it is important that you understand that the last thing I want to do is put you in jail. You are the former president of the United States and perhaps also the next president,” said the judge, who could incarcerate Trump for a few hours or perhaps a few days if he reoffends.

Jeffrey McConney, former comptroller of the Trump Organization, is the first day of the week. He testified at Trump’s civil fraud trial. His lawyer is paid by the Trump Organization.

(AFP Photo/Getty Images)

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