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Trump effort to undo NY fraud trial judge’s gag orders fails

Principal Law Clerk Allison Greenfield, Judge Arthur Engoron, and Donald Trump

Principal Law Clerk Allison Greenfield, Judge Arthur Engoron pictured on Nov. 2, 2023. (Jeenah Moon/Pool Photo via AP), Donald Trump pictured outside court (Photo by Michael Nigro/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

Donald Trump’s lawsuit to shut down Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron’s gag orders, which the former president said were “unconstitutional,” failed to sway the appellate court on Thursday.

The Supreme Court of New York, First Appellate Department’s order, just a few paragraphs in length, refused to keep an interim stay of the gag orders in place:

A petition having been filed with this Court on November 15, 2023, seeking to annul and vacate pursuant to CPLR 7803(2) and (3): (1) orders of the Supreme Court, New York County, entered on or about October 20, 2023 and on or about October 26, 2023 constituting summary findings of contempt against petitioner Donald J. Trump; (2) a “gag order” of the same court and justice entered on the record on or about October 03, 2023, and so-ordered on or about October 26, 2023, and a “supplemental limited gag order” of the same court and justice entered on or about November 03, 2023,

And petitioners having moved to stay enforcement of the aforesaid gag order and supplemental limited gag order pending hearing and determination of the instant petition,

Now, upon reading and filing the papers with respect to the motion, and due deliberation having been had thereon,

It is ordered that the motion is denied; the interim relief granted by order of a Justice of this Court, dated November 16, 2023, is hereby vacated.

Days ago, Trump lawyers reiterated their position that the gag orders should remain stayed until the Article 78 suit against Engoron and New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) was decided on the merits.

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