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  • Writer's pictureOlga Nesterova

Trump Fined for Violating Gag Order, Yet Can Attend Barron’s Graduation

Former President Donald Trump sits in a Manhattan courtroom on day one of his criminal trial. PHOTO:  JABIN BOTSFORD-POOL/GETTY
Former President Donald Trump sits in a Manhattan courtroom on day one of his criminal trial. PHOTO: JABIN BOTSFORD-POOL/GETTY

Judge overseeing Donald Trump’s hush money trial has determined that the former president violated a gag order nine times, resulting in a fine of $9,000.


The judge also warned that Trump could face jail time if he continues to violate the gag order.


“While $1,000 may suffice in most instances to protect the dignity of the judicial system…it unfortunately will not achieve the desired result in those instances where the contemner can easily afford such a fine. Because he can’t impose a fine of $2,500 or $150,000, “jail may be a necessary punishment.”

When it comes the question on whether Trump could attend his son’s graduation, Judge Juan Merchan stated, "I don't think the May 17 date is a problem," noting that a jury was selected quickly and proceedings have been moving.


Testimony is ongoing, with the court hearing from its third prosecution witness, Gary Farro, a banker who assisted Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen in opening accounts.


New York City, April 30, 2024


4/30/24, 12:42pm EST: The article has been updated to feature Judge’s quote on future possible punishing by Kaitlan Collin’s that was posted on X

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