Even hardcore leftwingers with advanced Trump derangement syndrome are starting to back away from Letitia James’ case in New York and the nutty antics of Judge Arthur Engoron, who clearly has something wrong with him. They see that the case is going nowhere fast and that the appellate courts are going to have to intervene at some point. That process may already be starting. An appellate judge citing free speech concerns has put a stay Engoron’s gag order against President Trump and his attorneys.
Judge David Friedman is a member of New York’s intermediate appellate court. By suspending the gag order, Friedman is now allowing Trump to say whatever he wants about Judge Engoron and his bizarre clerk, Allison Greenfield, who appears to be the one who is really running the trial and making decisions.
Trump’s attorneys have finally filed to have the case declared a mistrial because Greenfield, who is only supposed to be in the courtroom as an assistant, has been passing notes to Judge Engoron at key times throughout the $250 million civil fraud trial. She hands Engoron a note and then all of a sudden, he has a ruling on some key aspect of the case. Trump’s attorneys have called this behavior out multiple times because it’s so outlandish and unprecedented. Judges aren’t supposed to take instructions from their clerks.
So, when Trump’s attorneys objected to this, Judge Engoron slapped a gag order on them. That’s now been lifted, so the next few rallies from President Trump should be interesting, since he’s allowed to say what he wants about this case.
Greenfield is a partisan Democrat who has donated thousands of dollars to Democrat candidates and PACs, in clear violation of New York’s code of conduct for judicial employees. That was one of the many reasons why Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) filed an ethics complaint against Judge Engoron and the way he’s conducting this case last week.
Friedman’s order questions Judge Engoron’s authority to gag Trump from speaking about the case outside the courtroom, especially since he is the runaway frontrunner in the 2024 election. Friedman argued that while it’s true that judges issue gag orders all the time, that’s usually in criminal cases and the intent is that the person on trial won’t be able to influence the jury. There’s no jury here because it’s a civil case. So, who or what is Engoron protecting by gagging Trump and his attorneys?
The narrative, obviously.
If Trump can’t speak about the case, most of the general public will get their news about the trial from the mainstream media, which has already convicted him.
This ruling comes with a string of recent court wins for America’s real president that you may not have heard about yet. In Michigan, for example, Judge James Redford dismissed the suit to try to take Trump off the ballot in that state.
Redford rules that groups of citizens who oppose a candidate don’t have any right or authority to keep a candidate off the ballot.
“The ultimate decision is made by the respective political party, with the consent of the listed candidate,” wrote Redford.
An appeals court in Washington, DC, has also issued a temporary stay on the gag order that Judge Tanya Chutkan imposed against Trump in the January 6 case. Oral arguments over that will take place starting the week of Thanksgiving, although it’s unclear how long it will take the appellate court to make a ruling.
In another spot of good news, a group of 18 Republican Attorney Generals from across the country has filed a brief calling on the appeals court to lift the gag order in the January 6 case. It’s about time!
As we noted last week, Rep. Elise Stefanik is about the only person in authority who has had the courage to stick her neck out and do something concrete to stop these kangaroo court cases. These 18 attorney generals, led by AG Andrew Bailey from Missouri and AG Ken Paxton from Texas, are calling on the court to recognize that this is a clear government abridgment of the free speech rights of the leading presidential candidate for 2024.
This means there are nine Republican AGs in America who have not stood up for free speech and President Trump’s right to speak. You can see the full list of Republican AGs supporting Trump on AG Bailey’s Twitter/X feed HERE.
If you live in a state with a Republican Attorney General and their name is not on that list, you might want to ask them why.