Former President Donald Trump boards a plane after speaking at a campaign event in Manchester, New Hampshire, April 27, 2023.
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A judge banned the former president on Monday donald trump from preparing public evidence and other materials relating to pending cases; criminal lawsuit against him new yorkhe has been charged with falsifying business records related to the 2016 silence fee Paying a Pornstar Stormy Daniels.
Judge Juan Merchan also barred Trump from seeing evidence except in the presence of an attorney. Former presidents cannot copy materials.
of Manhattan District Attorney’s Office It sought a protection order over concerns that Trump would “improperly” use the materials or post information on social media and elsewhere.
At a hearing in the Manhattan Supreme Court last week, prosecutors called the risks “substantial.”
Trump’s attorneys opposed the request, which related to so-called discovery materials, documents, correspondence, and other items exchanged between the other parties in the pretrial litigation.
Trump, the front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, was arraigned in court last month in the case. he pleaded not guilty.
His former attorney, Michael Cohen, paid Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) $130,000 just before the 2016 presidential election to silence her over an alleged sexual relationship with Trump years earlier. Let
Mr Trump has denied having sex with Mr Daniels, but has paid Mr Cohen in return.
In the prosecution’s motion for a protective order, DA Assistant Catherine McCaw wrote: These individuals and their families are at considerable safety risk. ”
In Monday’s order, Marchan wrote that all materials provided to Trump’s attorneys by the DA’s office “shall be used solely for the purpose of preparing a defense in this matter.”
“No person who receives the Subject Material shall copy, distribute, or disclose the Subject Material to any third party in any form or by any means,” wrote Marchan.
The judge also said the names and identities of DA employees in this case, excluding sworn members of law enforcement, assistant DAs, and expert witnesses, will be deferred until jury selection begins.
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