Judge Cannon Gives Trump Win Over Jack Smith

It has been noted that the judge overseeing former President Donald Trump’s classified documents case in Florida on Tuesday has denied prosecutors’ request to bar the former president from making public statements that could endanger law enforcement agents participating in the prosecution via AP News.



U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon stated in her order that prosecutors on special counsel Jack Smith’s team didn’t provide adequate time to defense lawyers to discuss the request before it was filed Friday evening. She denied the request without prejudice, meaning prosecutors could file it again.

It has been noted that the request followed a distorted claim by Trump last week that the FBI agents who searched his Mar-a-Lago estate in August 2022 were “authorized to shoot me” and were “locked & loaded ready to take me out & put my family in danger.”

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee referred to the disclosure in a court document that the FBI, during the search in Palm Beach, Florida, followed a standard use-of-force policy that prohibits the use of deadly force except when the officer searching has a reasonable belief that the “subject of such force poses an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to the officer or to another person.”

Prosecutors have stated said in court papers late Friday that Trump’s statements falsely suggesting that federal agents “were complicit in a plot to assassinate him” expose law enforcement officers. It has come to light that some of whom prosecutors noted will be called as witnesses at his trial — “to the risk of threats, violence, and harassment.”

Defense attorneys in a court filing late Monday called prosecutors’ proposed restriction on Trump’s speech “unconstitutional” and noted that the names of law enforcement officers in the case are subject to a protective order preventing their public release.

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