Judge Rejects Another Bid to Delay Trump Trial

His lawyers wanted to put it on hold during appeal of gag order
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2024 5:40 PM CDT
Updated Apr 9, 2024 2:17 PM CDT
Judge Won't Move Trump Trial
Attorneys for Donald Trump, Emil Bove, left, and Todd Blanche leave the New York State appellate court Monday in New York.   (AP Photo/Peter K. Afriyie)
UPDATE Apr 9, 2024 2:17 PM CDT

Donald Trump has lost yet another bid to delay his New York hush-money trial. On Tuesday an appeals court judge rejected the former president's bid to put the trial on hold while he appeals a gag order that was issued in February and expanded last week. Trump lawyer Emil Bove argued that the gag order violated Trump's rights, while Steven Wu of the Manhattan DA's office argued that Bove was misrepresenting the reasons for the order, NBC News reports. "We are talking about inflammatory and denigrating remarks about witnesses and family members of court staff," Wu said. "This is not political debate." Jury selection in the case is due to begin next Monday.

Apr 8, 2024 5:40 PM CDT

Donald Trump lost a late attempt Monday to put off his hush money trial in New York and move it away from Manhattan. Judge Lizbeth Gonzalez gave no explanation for her rejection of the request, ABC News reports, hours after Trump's lawyers filed it. In a hearing Monday, the defense argued that the amount of publicity the case has received makes it impossible to put together a fair and impartial jury for the criminal trial scheduled to begin next week. A prosecutor countered that with Trump being a national figure, there's no reason to think potential jurors in Manhattan are "uniquely susceptible" to negative publicity about the case. "The mere fact that they know about this case is not an indication of bias," Steven Wu said.

Anyway, Wu told the judge, Trump—who rails about the case regularly online and in appearances—has generated much of the attention. He cannot create a swirl of publicity and then use it to win a change of venue, Wu said, per CNBC. Trump has suggested that Staten Island would be a fine place to hold the trial, per the AP. That's the only New York City borough he won in his two presidential runs. Trump is also challenging a gag order he's under in the case; the appeals court indicated it will get to that issue later. (More Trump hush-money trial stories.)

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