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NY appeals court restores gag order on Donald Trump in real estate fraud trial

Appeals court rrestores gag order on Trump

A New York appeals panel restored the gag order Thursday in Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial despite his argument that the restrictions violated his right to free speech.

The trial judge, Arthur Engoron, imposed the gag order Oct. 3 to prevent the former president from commenting on his staff. Engoron has fined Trump a combined $15,000 for commenting on the judge’s clerk, Allison Greenfield, as a partisan with undue influence in the case.

Trump appealed and an appellate judge temporarily lifted the gag order while the case was argued.


2 Arizona county officials indicted on election interference charges

Indicted officialsAn Arizona grand jury indicted two Republican county supervisors for allegedly delaying the certification of last year’s midterm elections, Arizona’s attorney general announced Wednesday.

Cochise County Supervisors Peggy Judd (R) and Tom Crosby (R) were charged with felony counts of interference with an election officer and conspiracy.

Arizona became an epicenter for GOP challenges to the 2022 midterm elections, which followed former President Trump’s unfounded claims of mass electoral fraud in the state in his re-election bid two years prior.

The indictment, returned earlier this week, accuses Judd, 61, and Crosby, 64, of preventing the timely transmission of the county’s vote returns for inclusion in the statewide canvass.


Pence’s son reportedly convinced him to stand up to Trump over January 6

Pence's son reportedly convinced him to stand up to TrumpMike Pence reportedly decided to skip the congressional certification process for Joe Biden’s 2020 election win, because to preside over it as required by the constitution would be “too hurtful” to his “friend”, Donald Trump. He was then shamed into standing up to Trump by his son, a US marine.

“Dad, you took the same oath I took,” the then vice-president’s son Michael Pence said, according to ABC News, adding that it was “an oath to support and defend the constitution”.

Ultimately, Pence did supervise certification, even as it was delayed by the deadly January 6 attack on Congress.


Georgia prosecutors oppose plea deals for Trump, Meadows and Giuliani

Ga. prosecuter nixes plea deals for Trump, Meadows and Guiliani

Fulton county prosecutors do not intend to offer plea deals to Donald Trump and at least two high-level co-defendants charged in connection with their efforts to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia, according to two people familiar with the matter, preferring instead to force them to trial.

The individuals seen as ineligible include Trump, his former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, and Trump’s former lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Aside from those three, the Fulton county district attorney Fani Willis has opened plea talks or has left open the possibility of talks with the remaining co-defendants in the hope that they ultimately decide to become cooperating witnesses against the former president, the people said.


5 redistricting cases that will impact the 2024 elections

5 vital redistricting cases

The battle over election maps in states including New York, Wisconsin and Alabama are set to play a pivotal role in the 2024 election.

A redistricting lawsuit in New York could ultimately see the creation of a whole new congressional map, while states such as Alabama and Louisiana have been focal points over battles for establishing additional majority-Black congressional districts.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin could see its entire state Legislature map redrawn, depending on how the state Supreme Court rules in a high-profile redistricting case, which could have ramifications on GOP dominance over the state Capitol.



Supreme Court denies Arizona lawmakers’ attempt to avoid depositions in voting lawsuit

SCOTUSThe Supreme Court on Monday rejected an effort by Arizona’s two top state legislators to avoid sitting for depositions in an ongoing lawsuit challenging two state voting laws as racially discriminatory.

Arizona House Speaker Ben Toma (R) and Arizona Senate President Warren Petersen (R) had filed an emergency request urging the justices to pause a lower ruling that mandates the lawmakers hand over documents and be deposed in the case.

Toma and Petersen argued that doing so would violate legislative privilege.

Without any noted dissents, the justices rejected the lawmakers’ request in a brief order issued Monday.


Judge denies Trump's 'fishing expedition' to subpoena Jan. 6 committee records

Judge denies Trump access to Jan.6 recordsThe federal judge overseeing Donald Trump's upcoming election interference trial said in a ruling Monday that the former president's attempt to subpoena what his legal team dubbed "missing" records from the House Jan. 6 committee appeared to be a "fishing expedition" that was not in good faith.

Last month, Trump's team said it wanted to subpoena the U.S. archivist, the clerk of the House of Representatives, the Committee on House Administration, Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., and Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., among others, saying there was a "significant overlap between the Select Committee’s investigation and this case" and a strong likelihood that some of the materials would discuss trial witnesses.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, who will oversee Trump's trial, which is set to get underway in March, said in a ruling Monday that she would not require federal officials to produce records related to the Jan. 6 committee's work.


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