Judge blocks Trump gag order bid as filing 'wasn't polite enough'

Judge Aileen Cannon has thrown out Special Counsel Jack Smith's gag order request in Florida, criticising the prosecutors for their lack of communication with the defence. She remarked that the effort to confer with the defence before filing was "wholly lacking in substance and professional courtesy."

Cannon was quick to criticise the prosecution's rush during the 'hush money' case concerning adult star Stormy Daniels, stating they had disregarded protocol by not consulting with the defence about a possible gag order before their application.

"Because the filing of the Special Counsel's Motion did not adhere to these basic requirements, it is due to be denied without prejudice," wrote Cannon, emphasising that "it should go without saying that meaningful conferral is not a perfunctory exercise."

Smith's team requested on Friday that Cannon make it clear Trump "may not make statements that pose a significant, imminent, and foreseeable danger to law enforcement agents" involved in the investigation.

judge blocks trump gag order bid as filing 'wasn't polite enough'

Aileen M. Cannon, United States District Judge, Southern District of Florida

Trump - whose wife Melania has been slammed for profiting off military-inspired jewelry - had exaggerated in a fundraising email that "DOJ was authorized to shoot me" distorting wording from documents related to the search of his property which only permitted deadly force if there was an "imminent danger of death or serious physical injury."

Trump's legal representatives countered the motion by alleging that the prosecutors hadn't adhered to previous directives from Cannon, providing emails as evidence of disputes between the parties.

"There are rules. You guys violated them," Trump's lawyer Todd Blanche stated during the correspondence.

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