Tuesday, a federal appeals court denied former President Trump’s request to have his challenge to a restraining order in his election interference case heard by the entire court.
This development has set the stage for a probable Supreme Court dispute concerning speech restrictions.
The majority opinion of a three-judge panel of the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia affirmed a lower court ruling that imposed limitations on Trump’s speech in the said case.
This judgment largely upheld a previous ruling by Judge Tanya Chutkan, which prohibited Trump from making statements that target court personnel, foreseeable witnesses, prosecutors, and witnesses.
As a result of the D.C. Circuit’s denial of rehearsal, the case will almost certainly be brought before the Supreme Court.
Trump could simultaneously petition the Supreme Court to review the gag order and halt its implementation.
It is one of numerous conflicts that have been approaching the justices in Trump’s numerous legal cases.
The Supreme Court has already heard an appeal of a decision that removed him from the Colorado ballot in violation of the 14th Amendment’s prohibition on insurrection.
There are less than three weeks until oral arguments.
However, should the justices consent to examine Trump’s restraining order, it would indicate their initial involvement in any of the four criminal cases he has been charged with.
Furthermore, they may soon be compelled to settle an additional dispute in the criminal case involving Trump’s federal election: whether he enjoys criminal immunity for official actions committed during his presidency.