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Judge threatens Trump with jail after gag order violations

Update : 06 May 2024, 22:17

The judge presiding over Donald Trump's criminal trial in New York found the former US president in contempt of court on Monday and warned him that more violations could lead to jail time.

Justice Juan Merchan fined Trump $1,000 (€927) for breaching a gag order that prohibits him from making public incendiary comments about jurors, witnesses and others involved in the case.

It is the second time since his trial started last month that Trump has been sanctioned for contempt of court. He was slapped with a $9,000 fine last week — $1,000 for each of the nine violations.

Judge says violations amount to 'attack' on the law

Merchan said Trump's "continued, wilful" violations of the gag order amounted to a "direct attack on the rule of law," and that he was considering jailing the former president as a result.

"As much as I do not want to impose a jail sanction ... I want you to understand I will," Merchan told Trump.

"At the end of the day I have a job to do and part of that job is to maintain the dignity of the justice system," the judge said.

Merchan's ruling came at the start of the third week of testimony in Trump's hush money trial. 

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