Alvin Bragg won a huge legal victory over Donald Trump.
Bragg’s nonsense charges against Trump are about to go to trial.
And Alvin Bragg will be jumping for joy over what a judge told Donald Trump.
Donald Trump appeared virtually for the first pre-trial hearing in Soros-backed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s phony prosecution.
Judge Juan Merchan gave Trump more ammo to build his case of bias with a ruling limiting Trump’s ability to view evidence — he can only do so in the presence of his lawyers — and restricting Trump’s ability to speak on the evidence Bragg’s band of prosecutors turns over.
Merchan threatened Trump with a potential jail sentence if he violates this order.
“Violations could result in sanctions. There are a wide range of sanctions and could include up to a finding of contempt,” Merchan declared.
Trump’s attorney Todd Blanche told the judge that Trump is “very much concerned that his First Amendment rights are being violated,” and wondered if this meant that the judge imposed “a gag order.”
Merchan tried to deny that was the case.
“It is certainly not a gag order,” Merchan shot back.
“It is certainly not my intention in any way to impede his right to campaign for president of the United States. He’s free to do just about anything that doesn’t violate the terms of this protective order,” Merchan added.
Judge Merchan is clearly a hostile judge.
Merchan presided over multiple cases involving Trump and the Trump Organization.
In one case, Merchan erupted over the plea deal terms struck by Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg ranting and raving that he would like to sentence Weisselberg to a much harsher prison term but felt obligated to abide by what the prosecutors agreed to.
Merchan claims this ruling will not affect Trump’s ability to campaign for president or respond to attacks by his opponents.
But any interpretation of the order Merchan imposed on Trump rests in Merchan’s hands.
And so Trump will have to play it safe.
Critics contended from the start that Bragg brought a politically motivated case — one that is a joke on the merits — to damage Trump during the election.
Judge Merchan set the trial date for March 2024.
So, for the next ten months Donald Trump will not be able to defend himself from the charges by pointing out the lack of evidence in Bragg’s case or how it is built on nonsense allegations and fake legal theories.
Judge Merchan’s ruling infringes on Donald Trump’s full ability to speak freely as guaranteed under the First Amendment and conduct his campaign for president.
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