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Gag disorder


To the editor:

A recent letter to this paper (“And justice for all,” May 3) takes issue with my “hop(ing)” that Donald Trump sees the inside of a New York City jail. The letter mentions Trump’s right to the presumption of innocence and trial by a jury of his peers. What my critic got terribly wrong is that a guilty jury verdict isn’t the only way for Trump to obtain the jail experience.

Judge Juan Merchan, the man overseeing Trump’s hush money trial, has already fined him for nine separate violations of a gag order. In issuing the $9,000 fine, one for each violation, Merchan wrote, “Defendant is hereby warned that the Court will not tolerate continued willful violations of its lawful orders and that if necessary and appropriate under the circumstances, it will impose an incarceratory punishment.” Trump left the court and immediately violated the order four more times. 

Trump’s repeated and blatant disregard for our legal system is an affront to decency; he must be taught that his behavior has consequences. I don’t feel that that is too much to hope for!

Joseph Cannisi


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