Donald Trump Effect: Exploring the Impact of Verbal Retaliation on Prosecutors and Judges

in several legal conflicts, many are angry against prosecutors and judges. Because of this, they showed a tendency to take revenge on their family.

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In the past six months, court orders have been issued to prevent Trump from defaming witnesses, court employees and other parties involved.

Even then, Trump's response included a series of verbal attacks not only on prosecutors and judges but also on members of his family.

“This behavior appears to be strategic,” noted Ty Cobb, a former White House legal counsel under Trump who has since become a vocal critic of the ex-president.

“These attacks align with his usual tactic of undermining the legitimacy of legal proceedings.”

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Recently, one judge made efforts to curb this behavior.

Following Trump's derogatory remarks about the adult daughter of Justice Juan Merchan, presiding over Trump's Manhattan criminal case, Merchan expanded the gag order to include Trump's attacks on the judge's family as well as the family of the lead prosecutor, .

“After witnessing Defendant's recent tirades, any impartial observer would conclude that involvement in these proceedings, even indirectly, may pose risks not only to oneself but also to loved ones,” wrote Merchan. “Such concerns inevitably impede the fair dispensation of justice and pose a direct challenge to the Rule of Law.”

The threat extends beyond legal protocol. Judges overseeing Trump's cases have encountered persistent threats to their personal safety, including malicious calls and racially motivated threats.

Merchan's revised order came after Bragg pressed for clarification regarding an earlier gag order issued by Merchan, questioning whether it extended to the judge's family.

“This matter is straightforward,” argued Bragg's team. “Family members of those involved in legal proceedings must be strictly off-limits. Defendant's insistence otherwise reflects a dangerous belief in his entitlement to instigate fear and harm to the loved ones of those present in court.”

In his recent social media barrage, Trump labeled Merchan's daughter as a “Rabid Trump Hater” due to her association with a digital marketing agency known for its Democratic clients. He further alleged that she had used an image of him behind bars as a profile picture, despite evidence suggesting otherwise.

Similar attacks have been launched in other cases, with Trump resorting to baseless claims about judges' relatives to imply political biases.

During a civil last year for business fraud, Trump targeted Justice Aruthur Engoron's wife, citing posts purportedly expressing anti-Trump sentiments on social media, which she denied.

In his federal criminal case in Washington, D.C., Trump accused U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan of hailing from a “Marxist family” and also targeted the family of the lead prosecutor, special counsel , insinuating that they held greater disdain for him than Smith himself.

Throughout these incidents, Trump exploited loopholes in existing gag orders, arguing that any new restrictions would violate his freedom of speech.

Trump's legal team has consistently defended these attacks, citing his First Amendment rights, particularly during his presidential candidacy.

In a court session last year, Chutkan questioned Trump's remarks about Smith's wife, prompting his lawyer to assert that they were merely a reflection of political bias, protected by the First Amendment.

A federal judge unrelated to Trump's cases criticized his rhetoric in a television interview, emphasizing the threat posed by attacks on judges and their families to the rule of law.

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