NOW: NY Court Rules on Trump

( – In a decision effectively curtailing his First Amendment rights, the New York State Appellate Division First Department recently upheld the decision to impose gag orders on former President Donald Trump, as mandated by Judge Arthur Engoron.

The decision is part of an ongoing non-jury civil trial stemming from a lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James against Trump and his business ventures in New York.

In September, Judge Engoron ruled that Trump and the Trump Organization had engaged in fraudulent practices while developing his real estate empire. The ruling was based on allegations that Trump had inflated the value of his assets and overstated his net worth in documents used for transactions and obtaining financial backing.

Reacting to the judgment, Trump expressed his disappointment, stating, “He ruled against me without knowing anything about me. He called me a fraud, and he didn’t know anything about me.”

After the ruling, Judge Engoron implemented a partial gag order aimed at restricting any verbal assaults directed at the court staff. This decision followed Trump’s criticism of a member of Engoron’s team on his social media platform, Truth Social.

In his statement, Engoron stressed that personal attacks against his court staff were “unacceptable, not appropriate,” and would not be tolerated. He referenced a particular post by Trump on Truth Social, which was later removed, about Allison Greenfield, Engoron’s law clerk.

Trump, along with his family, has consistently denied all allegations of misconduct. They maintain that Trump’s assets have been undervalued, contrary to the accusations of overvaluation.