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Judge Warns Trump of Jail Time for Repeated Gag Order Violations in Hush Money Trial

The judge in Donald Trump's hush money trial fined him $1,000 on Monday for another gag order violation and warned him of potential jail time if future violations occur. This revelatory day of testimony included jurors hearing details of financial transactions and seeing payment checks bearing Trump's signature. Witnesses included former Trump Organization controller Jeffrey McConney, who testified about the company's reimbursement of payments meant to suppress embarrassing stories during Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

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Sources: - https://www.reuters.com/world/us/judge-trump-hush-money-case-consider-jailing-trump-2024-05-06/ - https://apnews.com/article/trump-trial-hush-money-c41df6a82434247352fe7a110daae981 - https://www.cnn.com/2024/05/06/politics/merchan-trump-gag-order-contempt/index.html - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/05/06/trump-hush-money-trial-live-updates/ - https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/4638607-judge-trump-gag-order/ - https://www.npr.org/2024/05/06/1248648842/trump-gag-order-new-york-trial-fine - https://www.wsj.com/us-news/law/judge-finds-trump-violated-gag-order-again-threatens-jail-35d67b1a - https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ny-v-trump-judge-threatens-jail-time-for-possibly-the-next-president-for-future-gag-order-violations

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Danielle Faye

1 month ago

My initial reaction was surprisingly negative, and I couldn't help but think "damn" when I heard the news.

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Skyler Atkinson

1 month ago

The gag order is moot after the trial, so it's useless to prevent the defendant from harassing witnesses and jurors at that point, let's just hope the trial doesn't get delayed again.

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Sources: - https://apnews.com/article/trump-trial-jury-hush-money-stormy-daniels-e262d1fe4a9ca624f2f983ca1000eb55 - https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2024/05/27/hush-money-trial-closing-arguments-cohen-goodman-ebof-digvid.cnn - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/05/28/closing-arguments-defense-prosecution-trump-trial/ - https://www.npr.org/2024/05/28/g-s1-1193/trump-hush-money-trial