Headline RoundupJune 21st, 2024

New York Prosecutors Urge Judge to Keep Trump's Gag Order in Place

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Former President Donald Trump’s legal team is seeking to lift a gag order imposed on the president surrounding his New York hush money case, while prosecutors argue the order should be narrowed but not removed entirely. 

For Context: This gag order concerns Trump’s New York hush money case. Last month, the jury concluded that Trump illegally falsified business records to cover up hush money payments, finding him guilty of 34 counts of business fraud. 

Details: A judicial order is in place to prevent Trump from commenting publicly on some elements of his New York trial. Trump wants the gag order removed entirely. Prosecutors countered by stating that Trump should be allowed to publicly comment on witnesses who testified during the trial, but prevent him from commenting on court staff, prosecutors, and jurors. 

Key Quotes: In a court filing released Friday, the prosecutors outlined their opposition to lifting the gag order, stating that “nothing in the orders prohibits defendant from broadly criticizing the verdict, the criminal proceeding, the District Attorney, this Court, and more—and, indeed, defendant has engaged in a flood of such criticisms both during the trial and after the guilty verdict.” 

How The Media Covered It: CBS News (Lean Left bias) focused on the continuation of the gag order, mentioning the death threats received by jurors and court staffers. The Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) emphasized reasons provided by Trump’s attorneys to end the order. This summary was developed with the help of AllSides' AI technology.

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