Judge issues gag order on Trump in business fraud case

Judge Arthur Engoron has issued a gag order on former President Donald Trump and his legal team in the ongoing business fraud case involving Trump Organization.

Enforced restrictions: The gag order, prompted by a social media post about the judge’s staff, prevents Trump and his team from publicly posting or speaking about any member of the judge’s staff.
* If the order is not complied with, the judge stated there would be sanctions.

Trial context: The trial aims to determine if Trump is liable for fraud committed by Trump Organization, and has seen Trump attacking the prosecution and the judge.
* Trump has accused the Attorney General Letitia James and Judge Arthur Engoron of being corrupt and politically motivated.
* He has also publicly referred to James as “racist”.

Trump’s stand: Trump has stated he will testify in the proceeding.
* Notably, he is included in both the attorney general’s and the defense witness lists.
* However, it could be several weeks before he is called to take the stand.
* This is one of the four litigation cases Trump currently faces in New York.

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