Trump lost his bid to delay the trial

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NEW YORK, April 9 (Reuters) – Donald Trump on Tuesday lost his second last-ditch bid in as many days to delay his April 15 trial on criminal charges stemming from hush money paid to a porn star.
Associate Justice Cynthia Kern swiftly denied the delay request, but a full panel of appeals judges will later consider the Republican presidential candidate’s underlying challenge to the gag order.
A separate judge on Monday denied Trump’s request to delay the trial while he tries to move the case out of heavily Democratic Manhattan.
“The First Amendment harms arising from this gag order right now are irreparable,” Bove said.
The judge expanded the order to cover his relatives and those of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg after Trump disparaged Merchan’s daughter online.
Steven Wu, a lawyer with Bragg’s office, said at Tuesday’s Appellate Division hearing that the trial should not be delayed since Trump’s lawyers could have made the appeal earlier.
The case is one of four criminal indictments Trump faces as he prepares to challenge Democratic President Joe Biden in their Nov. 5 U.S. election rematch.
He has sought to delay proceedings in all cases until after the election, and the hush money case is the only one with a firm trial date.

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NEW YORK, April 9 (Reuters) – On Tuesday, Donald Trump was unsuccessful in his second attempt in a row to postpone his trial on criminal charges related to payments of hush money to a porn star, which is scheduled for April 15.

Formerly, the U. s. During a hearing in a state appeals court of intermediate level, the president’s attorneys contended that the trial ought to be postponed to allow him to contest a gag order pertaining to the case.

A full panel of appeals judges will later consider the Republican presidential candidate’s underlying challenge to the gag order. Associate Justice Cynthia Kern swiftly denied the request for a delay.

Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung referred to the trial as a witch hunt in a statement and stated that the defense team would keep fighting it.

On Monday, a different judge turned down Trump’s plea to postpone the trial in an attempt to transfer the case out of Manhattan, which is home to many Democrats. According to a survey his lawyers conducted among Manhattan residents, 70% of respondents thought Trump was untrustworthy and 61 percent believed he was guilty.

Judge Juan Merchan’s order limiting Trump’s public remarks should be changed, according to Trump’s attorney Emil Bove, during Tuesday’s hearing, so that he can respond to criticism from the public and possible trial witnesses.

“The harms to the First Amendment that this gag order is causing right now are irreversible,” stated Bove.

After discovering that Trump had made remarks in a number of court cases that the judge had deemed “threatening, inflammatory, and demeaning,” Merchan issued the order last month prohibiting him from verbally attacking prospective witnesses, court personnel, and specific prosecutors. ****.

Trump had denigrated Merchan’s daughter online, so the judge extended the order to include his family as well as Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s family.

Speech by Trump regarding Merchan and Bragg is unaffected by the order.

During Tuesday’s Appellate Division hearing, Bragg’s office attorney Steven Wu stated that since Trump’s attorneys had the opportunity to file an appeal sooner, the trial shouldn’t be postponed.

According to him, potential witnesses were reluctant to testify because of Trump’s remarks, and his office had to increase security as a result.

As Wu put it, “They know what their names in the press may lead to.”. “This is a pattern of misbehavior with horrifyingly predictable results. “.

Stormy Daniels, a porn star, received a $130,000 payment from her former attorney Michael Cohen before the 2016 presidential election in exchange for her silence regarding a ten-year-old alleged sexual encounter with Trump. Trump is accused of concealing this payment.

In response to 34 charges of fabricating business records, Trump has entered a not guilty plea and refuted ever having spoken to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

Out of the four criminal indictments that Trump is facing ahead of his November challenge to Democratic President Joe Biden, this case is one of them. Fifth U. S. election rerun. He has attempted to postpone all court cases until after the election; the only one with a set trial date is the hush money case.

The remaining cases are related to his attempts to reverse his defeat to Biden in the 2020 election and his handling of private government records following his departure from office in 2021. For all of the charges, Trump has entered a not guilty plea.

Luc Cohen reported while Daniel Wallis handled the editing.

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reports about the federal courts of New York. formerly held positions as a correspondent in Argentina and Venezuela.

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