Attorney Wants Trump Placed “Under Control”

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( – A former federal prosecutor, Joyce Vance, has advocated for reinstating a gag order on former President Donald Trump, citing the overwhelming volume of threatening and abusive messages received by a court clerk in Trump’s New York fraud trial. This situation has become a focal point as an appellate court deliberates on whether to reinstate the gag order initially imposed by Judge Arthur Engoron.

The urgency of the matter was highlighted last Wednesday when a court staff member submitted a report to the appellate court. This report contained alarming details of “hundreds of threats, disparaging and harassing comments and antisemitic messages” allegedly sent by Trump’s supporters. Charles Hollon, an officer-captain with the court’s Department of Public Safety, included in the submission more than 275 pages of transcribed threatening voicemails directed at Judge Engoron’s chief clerk after Trump targeted the clerk.

The messages were chilling, with one stating, “You should be executed,” and others containing threats of personal harm, antisemitic slurs, and unfounded accusations. These messages targeted Allison Greenfield, Engoron’s clerk, and included personal insults and baseless allegations.

In the $250 million civil fraud trial led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, Trump, his two eldest sons, and the Trump Organization are co-defendants. They are accused of exaggerating Trump’s net worth to gain financial advantages. Judge Engoron previously ruled that Trump and his associates committed fraud in property valuations, and the court is yet to decide on six other charges, including falsifying business records and insurance fraud.

Trump, maintaining his innocence and pleading not guilty, has dismissed the case as politically motivated. Joyce Vance, speaking on MSNBC, expressed her belief that the gag order is likely to be sustained given Trump’s continued inflammatory actions. She emphasized the importance of balancing First Amendment rights against the need to maintain order and protect individuals in the judicial system.

Recently, the state appellate court temporarily lifted two gag orders imposed by Judge Engoron, pending a full appeal from Trump’s lawyers. However, Engoron’s staff is advocating for their reinstatement, noting a decrease in threats when the gag orders were in effect.

Separately, federal prosecutor Jack Smith, in Trump’s election-fraud case in Washington D.C., cited Hollon’s report in his request for a gag order. Vance highlighted the increase in threats whenever Trump breached the gag orders, stressing the need for preventive measures to avoid potential attacks on court personnel or witnesses. Trump faces four counts in Washington D.C., related to efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, to which he has also pleaded not guilty.

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