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NY appeals court hands Trump another defeat over gag order

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NY appeals court hands Trump another defeat over gag order

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NEW YORK — A New York appellate court rejected Donald Trump’s challenge of the gag order in his civil fraud trial Thursday.

Trump’s attorneys petitioned the court over the gag order that bars him and the attorneys from speaking publicly about Judge Arthur Engoron’s court staff.

In rejecting the challenge Thursday, the appeals court said Trump didn’t use the proper legal vehicle to challenge the gag order and sanctions.

The appellate court in another order Thursday also rejected a Trump request to allow his legal team to seek a review of the gag order by the Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court.

Trial testimony ended Wednesday after 11 weeks in court.

The parties are scheduled to file supplemental briefs in the case Jan. 5 and return to court for oral arguments Jan. 11 before Engoron renders a final verdict.

“We filed the petition because the ordinary appellate process is essentially pointless in this context as it cannot possibly be completed in time to reverse the ongoing harm,” Trump lawyer Chris Kise said Thursday.

“Unfortunately, the decision denies President Trump the only path available to expedited relief and places his fundamental Constitutional rights in a procedural purgatory.” — Kuwait Weekly

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