Legal experts criticize Trump’s Fearful Maneuver: Slam “Harebrained” Attempt to Have NY Judge Recused

“Trump is running scared”: Legal experts slam “harebrained” scheme to get NY judge to recuse

The New York judge presiding over Donald Trump’s forthcoming hush-money trial has extended the gag order on the former president, encompassing protection for both his and the Manhattan District Attorney’s family members. This decision follows a week of Trump’s attacks on the judge’s daughter, prompting his legal team to consider leveraging the judge’s actions as grounds for a recusal.

Last week, Judge Juan Merchan responded to the district attorney’s request by imposing a gag order on the presumptive GOP nominee. This initial order prohibited Trump from targeting witnesses, jurors, the prosecution, court staff, and their families. However, it did not cover Merchan or District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who initiated the case concerning a hush-money payment made to conceal a sex scandal before the 2016 election.

The latest order, prompted by Trump’s escalating attacks, aims to safeguard the trial’s integrity and diminish the likelihood of a successful appeal by Trump, should he pursue one. Despite the extension, Trump remains free to criticize the judge or Bragg.

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In his ruling, Judge Merchan pointed to Trump’s recent online barrage directed at his daughter as justification for amending the gag order. Merchan emphasized that such attacks serve no legitimate purpose and only instill fear in those involved in the proceedings, including their families. Rejecting Trump’s assertion that his statements constitute political speech, Merchan underscored the detrimental impact of Trump’s rhetoric on the trial’s integrity.

Legal experts view the judge’s decision as a pivotal response to Trump’s excessive attacks, providing a solid foundation for expanding the gag order. Bennett Gershman, a former New York prosecutor, notes Trump’s heightened aggression, attributing it to the significant legal challenges he faces. Despite the expansion, Gershman anticipates Trump will continue his provocative behavior to maintain public attention and rally his supporters.

While Trump may persist in pushing boundaries, legal analysts believe he will exercise caution before targeting the judge’s daughter further. They argue that Trump’s attacks are unjustified and detrimental to the legal process.

Trump’s response to the expanded gag order includes plans to seek Judge Merchan’s recusal from the case. His legal team contends that Trump’s social media posts about Merchan’s daughter support their argument for recusal. However, experts dismiss this bid as lacking merit and serving to delay Trump’s legal proceedings rather than advance his defense.

Despite Trump’s attempts to discredit the judge, legal observers assert that his claims are baseless and unlikely to succeed in court. They emphasize the importance of upholding the integrity of the legal system amid Trump’s ongoing legal battles.

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