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In Trump cases, experts say defendant’s rhetoric will be hard to police

Posted on AllSides August 22nd, 2023
From The Left
Justice, Donald Trump, Free Speech, Rhetoric, Investigations
Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post

At her first hearing overseeing the 2020 election obstruction case against former president Donald Trump, U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan tried to draw a line in the sand: “I intend to keep politics out of this.”

Legal experts say that will be a tricky — perhaps impossible — task, especially in a criminal prosecution in which politicians or their aides are the alleged perpetrators, witnesses and victims, and the defendant is running for president.

On Monday, a state court judge in Atlanta issued strict limits on Trump’s public statements as conditions of his...

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