(New York) – A New York state appeals court on Thursday suspended restrictions on any public comments by parties to the civil lawsuit filed by Donald Trump that threatens his real estate empire, while it decides the court’s appeal of the former US president.
As of October 3, the second day of this trial over Donald Trump overvaluing his real estate assets to get better terms from banks, Judge Arthur Engoron has barred all parties from attacking his team, following a post deemed “insulting” to his employee by the billionaire Republican.
He has since imposed two fines totaling $15,000 for violating that ban.
After a New York Court of Appeals judge heard the appeal filed by Trump’s lawyers against that decision, he stayed it on Thursday before a hearing on the merits, giving the parties until November 27 to present their arguments.
In the former president’s federal trial in Washington over his alleged illegal attempts to overturn the 2020 election results, the appeals court also suspended the judge’s restrictions on public comment by parties, ahead of a hearing on the merits on November 20.
The judge in this federal trial scheduled to begin March 4 in Washington, Tanya Chutkan, in October issued a series of restrictions on public comment targeting prosecutors, court staff and witnesses in the case, which are of interest to both the prosecution and defense.