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US: Federal appeals court declines further review of Trump gag order in January 6 case

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Washington DC | January 24, 2024 2:22:44 AM IST
The federal appeals court in Washington, DC, refused to further review the gag order imposed upon former President Donald Trump, which prohibits him from talking about witnesses and court staff about the January 6 criminal case, CNN reported.

The 11 judges from the DC Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday (local time) declined to touch the case after a three-judge panel previously upheld the gag order against Trump. There were no statements or dissents made by any of the judges.

Trump has tried to challenge the gag order placed on him by Judge Tanya Chutkan late last year through appeals.

Trump can appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court, and his attorneys have previously indicated that they would appeal the matter to the nation's highest court if necessary.

In a unanimous decision issued last month, the three appellate judges said that Trump can be barred from talking about witnesses as well as prosecutors, the court staff and their family members, CNN reported.

But the court said the gag order does not apply to comments made about special counsel Jack Smith and narrowed the prohibition Trump had regarding speaking about witnesses in the case, a change from the original gag order.

The three judges on the panel -- Patricia Millett, Nina Pillard and Bradley Garcia, all Democratic appointees -- found Trump's words on the public stage could undermine the fairness of a jury trial, sway or intimidate witnesses and imperil court staff, according to CNN.

The court said that justifies limiting Trump's speech, even while he campaigns to return to the presidency.

"Mr. Trump's documented pattern of speech and its demonstrated real-time, real-world consequences pose a significant and imminent threat to the functioning of the criminal trial process in this case," the appeals court wrote. (ANI)

 
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