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Judge Holds Trump In Contempt, Fines Him $9,000 And Raises Threat Of Jail In Hush Money Trial

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New York: On Tuesday, Donald Trump was found in contempt of court and was imposed a fine of $9,000 for persistently disregarding a gag order that prohibited him from publicly discussing anybody involved in his New York hush money case, including witnesses and jurors. The judge cautioned that he may face imprisonment if he repeats the offense.

New York Judge Juan M. Merchan determined that there were nine infractions, although prosecutors had initially claimed there were ten. Trump gazed downward at the table before him while the judge pronounced the ruling, displaying a faint frown.

The verdict served as a strong criticism of the Republican former president’s claim that he was using his freedom of expression, and as a reminder that he is a defendant in a criminal case and must adhere to the strict procedures of a trial. The judge’s implicit warning to incarcerate a former president indicated that Trump’s already tenuous legal position could deteriorate further based on his conduct throughout the trial.

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Judge Holds Trump In Contempt, Fines Him $9,000 And Raises Threat Of Jail In Hush Money Trial

Merchan expressed a strong awareness and defense of Trump’s First Amendment rights, especially considering his campaign for the presidency.

“Preserving the defendant’s lawful freedom of speech is of utmost significance. It is imperative that he is allowed to actively engage in campaigning for the office he aspires to, and that he has the opportunity to counter and protect himself from political assaults,” expressed Merchan.

However, he cautioned that the court would not tolerate deliberate breaches of its legal directives and that, if deemed necessary and suitable given the circumstances, it would impose a punitive measure involving imprisonment.

By making that statement, the court brought the possibility of Trump being the first former president of the United States to be imprisoned closer.

Trump is accustomed to having uninterrupted access to his social media platform to criticize opponents and express his thoughts. Following his ban from Twitter in the aftermath of the January 6, 2021, Capitol incident, Trump established his platform to ensure that his messages would not be subject to blocking or restrictions.

The Trump campaign was already soliciting donations based on the breaches. He has consistently attempted to disassociate himself from problematic comments that he has shared with his large number of followers by claiming that they are only “retweets.”

However, he does possess prior knowledge and familiarity with gag orders, as they were previously enforced during his civil fraud prosecution. Upon being discovered to have breached those directives, he remitted fines exceeding $15,000.

The ruling was issued on Tuesday, marking the beginning of the second week of testimony in the landmark case. Manhattan prosecutors contend that Trump and his allies engaged in an illicit plot to manipulate the 2016 presidential campaign by buying and subsequently suppressing unfavorable reports. He has entered a plea of not guilty.

Trump was instructed to remit the penalty by the end of Friday’s working day. Merchan also decreed that he must delete seven objectionable posts from his Truth Social account and two from his campaign website by 2:15 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, as stated by Merchan. The judge is considering more purported breaches of Trump’s gag order and will listen to arguments on Thursday.

Out of the 10 posts, the one that Merchan had authority over and was not considered a violation was made on April 10. This particular post referred to witnesses Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels as “sleaze bags.” Merchan expressed that Trump’s claim of responding to previous posts by Cohen gives him enough reason to hesitate and question whether the post was a violation.

Merchan determined that Trump’s statement, in which he quoted Fox News commentator Jesse Watters’ assertion that liberal activists were dishonestly joining the jury, clearly breached the gag order. Merchan observed that the statements in Trump’s post on April 17 in quotation marks inaccurately represented what Watters truly said.

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Judge Holds Trump In Contempt, Fines Him $9,000 And Raises Threat Of Jail In Hush Money Trial

“Therefore, according to the court’s perspective, this post represents the defendant’s own words,” Merchan wrote.

Merchan warned against the misuse of the gag order, emphasizing that it should not be employed as a weapon rather than a defense by possible witnesses. He further stated that if individuals, such as Cohen, who are safeguarded by the order, persist in attacking Trump, it becomes evident that they no longer require the protection provided by the gag order. Cohen has stated his intention to abstain from making any remarks about Trump until he gives testimony during the trial.

Testimony continued on Tuesday with Gary Farro, a banker who assisted Cohen, Trump’s previous lawyer, in establishing accounts, including one that Cohen utilized to purchase the confidentiality of adult entertainer Stormy Daniels. She claimed to have had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, an allegation that he denies. Farro testified on Friday, recounting how Cohen requested the establishment of two accounts, but one was never officially opened.

Shortly after establishing a second account under Essential Consultants LLC in October 2016, Michael Cohen transferred $130,000 from his home equity loan to this account. Within the same day, he wired the exact amount of $130,000 to Keith Davidson, who was, as evidenced by the paperwork, an attorney representing Daniels at the time. The 2016 presidential election took place on November 8.

Farro stated that Cohen suggested the transaction was connected to a real estate deal rather than being associated with a political candidate, an adult film star, or the acquisition of a possible media story.

“That could be perceived as a reputational risk,” he stated.

Thus far, the jurors have been presented with testimony from two additional witnesses. Rhona Graff, Trump’s former executive assistant, remembered seeing Daniels at Trump’s office suite in Trump Tower and assumed she was a prospective candidate for one of Trump’s “Apprentice” shows.

Former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker disclosed his agreement to act as the Trump campaign’s informant, responsible for suppressing unfavorable rumors and allegations against Trump and women. Pecker detailed his payment of $180,000 to acquire and withhold reports from a doorman and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, but he did not participate in the payment to Daniels.

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Trump asserts that all of the stories bought were untrue. The defense lawyers employed cross-examination to imply that Trump’s true intention was to safeguard his reputation and his family rather than to manipulate the presidential election result.

Trump is facing 34 criminal charges for manipulating corporate documents about the hush money payments. He has refuted any misconduct and entered a plea of not guilty.

The comprehensive evidence regarding corporate transactions and bank accounts prepares the groundwork for Cohen’s testimony. Cohen, who was incarcerated following his guilty plea in 2018 for campaign finance violations and other offenses, will provide his story. The timing of his testimony remains uncertain.

The trial, the first of Trump’s four criminal matters to be presented to a jury, is anticipated to continue for at least another month. As Trump spends more time in court, his frustration intensifies as the November election draws nearer.

Trump has been engaging in campaign activities during his free time. However, he is obligated to attend court sessions four days a week. On Tuesday, he again expressed his disapproval of the matter outside the courtroom.

“This is a case that should never have been initiated,” he stated.

SOURCE – (AP)

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Their Nissan SUV Was Parked In The Driveway. Then It Caught Fire And Exploded

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Vicki Hill was awakened early on May 14 by explosions outside her Bethesda, Maryland, house. Later, she discovered that the 2015 Nissan Murano family SUV’s airbags were to blame for the loud bangs. It was on fire.

“I thought someone was trying to get into our house with a sledgehammer and I woke my husband up and I said something’s wrong,” she stated on CNN. “And he ran downstairs and shouted up, ‘Call 911, the car’s on fire!'”

The family gave CNN a video from their home’s doorbell camera, which shows smoke before the fire bursts and engulfs the automobile.

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Their Nissan SUV Was Parked In The Driveway. Then It Caught Fire And Exploded

The cause of the fire in the Murano is unknown. Nissan is investigating the fire, and the National Highway Traffic Administration is also gathering information.

“The safety and security of our customers is our primary concern,” a Nissan spokeswoman stated in response to an email inquiry about the fire. “We have opened an investigation into this incident.”

Nissan recalled the Hills’ Murano in 2016 and 2019 to address a fault that may cause brake fluid to leak and create a fire even when the vehicle was parked. Owners were instructed to park their vehicles outside and away from buildings until the problem was resolved due to fire hazards.

A search on the NHTSA’s website revealed an outstanding unrepaired recall on the Hills’ Murano. According to the couple, a local fire investigator concluded that the unrepaired recall may have caused the fire. But the Hills recall having the service done and provided CNN with a snapshot of a receipt from a nearby Nissan dealership proving the repair was completed. CNN has not validated the receipt’s authenticity.

The Hills stated that because the recall work had been completed, they did not consider the potential of a fire.

Philip Hill had been working on the garage, so the couple’s two automobiles were parked in the driveway. Otherwise, the Murano would have been parked in the garage beside the home.

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Their Nissan SUV Was Parked In The Driveway. Then It Caught Fire And Exploded

“As you can see from the video, that vehicle is so close to the house,” Philip Hill explained to CNN. “Minutes later, the house could have gone up.”

According to reports, the garage door melted due to the fire. The Hills credit a neighbor’s dog for saving them and their three children. After being alerted by her dog, the neighbor called 911 before the Hills arrived

The powerful flames from the burning Nissan also destroyed the side of the family’s other vehicle, a 2012 Mercedes C-class, rendering it useless.

Initially, the Hills were frightened that they had been victims of vandalism. However, they stated that the video evidence from their Nest doorbell camera clearly showed the truck suddenly combusting.

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Their Nissan SUV Was Parked In The Driveway. Then It Caught Fire And Exploded

According to Hills, Nissan seized possession of the Murano on Wednesday to conduct a more thorough inspection.

Vehicle fires are not uncommon, as shocking as the Hills’ circumstance appears to be. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there will be approximately 188,500 automobile and truck fires in the United States in 2022, an average of more than 500 daily. According to the National Fire Protection Association, vehicle fires killed 610 civilians that year.

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U.S. Stock Markets Closed for Memorial Day on May 27

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U.S. Stock Markets Closed for Memorial Day on May 27

(CTN News) – The U.S. stock market will be closed on Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day.

The Nasdaq and New York Stock Exchange will be closed on Monday and reopened on Tuesday, May 28. According to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the U.S. bond market will close at 2 p.m. ET on Friday, May 24.

Memorial Day is one of numerous holidays in the United States commemorates and honors the military. Originally known as “Decoration Day,” it was established in the 1860s to honor those who died while serving in the military.

After Memorial Day, Wall Street will resume regular operations until mid-June. The next scheduled stock market closure is on Wednesday, June 19th, in honor of Juneteenth.

United States stock market 2024 holiday schedule

Markets will be closed for the following holidays:

  • Memorial Day: Monday, May 27
  • Juneteenth: Wednesday, June 19
  • Independence Day: Thursday, July 4 (markets also close at 1 p.m. ET on July 3)
  • Labor Day: Monday, Sept. 2
  • Thanksgiving: Thursday, Nov. 28 (markets also close at 1 p.m. ET on Nov. 29)
  • Christmas: Wednesday, Dec. 25

Memorial Day Traditions

Historically, Memorial Day has served as the unofficial start of summer. Thousands of students have the day off from school, and office workers enjoy a long weekend. As well as honoring fallen military heroes, it is a time for gatherings, barbecues, and outdoor activities.

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Boeing’s 1st Astronaut Flight Now Set For June After A Review Of Small Leak On New Capsule

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – Boeing is now aiming for its first human launch in early June, having spent the previous two weeks dealing with further issues with the space capsule.

Despite a propulsion system leak, officials from Boeing and NASA have assured that the Starliner spacecraft is equipped to safely transport two test pilots to the International Space Station. The minor helium leak, identified following the initial launch attempt on May 6, was promptly addressed and resolved, demonstrating the commitment to safety.

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Engineers suspect a faulty rubber seal the size of a shirt button and claim that even if the leak grows, it can be fixed in flight. According to NASA’s commercial crew program manager, Steve Stich, all of the capsule’s other seals checked out, prompting officials to set the launch date for June 1.

This will be Starliner’s third test flight. Demos in 2019 and 2022 had no one on board. Boeing was forced to repeat the empty trip the first time due to software and other issues.

If not for the Atlas V rocket’s faulty valve, which halted the first countdown, Starliner would have launched from Cape Canaveral earlier this month, with the leak discovered in orbit, according to Stich. Officials said that flight controllers would have handled the leak, and the astronauts would have been safe. Helium is utilized to pressurize the fuel lines of the propulsion system, which moves the capsule in flight.

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Boeing’s 1st Astronaut Flight Now Set For June After A Review Of Small Leak On New Capsule

Engineers now know where the leak is, which, according to Boeing program manager Mark Nappi, will help them improve the system in the future.

“Remember that this is a test flight. “We are still learning,” Nappi told reporters.

According to Stich, the discovery of the Starliner leak revealed yet another issue — “a design vulnerability” in the propulsion system in the improbable scenario of a series of failures. He said that the crew had devised workaround measures to safely remove the capsule from orbit at the end of the trip if such issues emerged.

“We’re not going to fly until we’re sure we’re safe,” NASA Associate Administrator Jim Free stated.

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Boeing’s first astronaut flight is now scheduled for June following a review of a minor leak in the new capsule.

Boeing’s Starliner capsule has already been years late carrying passengers to the International Space Station for NASA. SpaceX has launched crews since 2020. NASA wants both companies to provide taxi service to support each other.

SOURCE – (AP)

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