Trump’s lawyers say they will seek relief from the U.S. Supreme Court if the appeals court denies his request, arguing that the gag order violates Trump’s First Amendment rights.
Disney says DeSantis unconstitutionally revamped and took over Walt Disney World’s governing district in retaliation after the company publicly opposed a state law.
Trump’s lawyers are vowing to fight the order, setting up a legal battle over what restrictions can be placed on the speech of a defendant running for America’s highest public office.
Whether the judges keep Trump on the ballot or boot him, their rulings are likely to be swiftly appealed, eventually to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The former president's attorneys argued the fine was unfair and unconstitutional, but Judge Arthur Engoron stood by his decision that Trump's remarks violated the narrow gag order.
Starting Thursday, a judge will hear arguments and testimony about potential violations of a section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that prohibits voter intimidation.
The episodes raise questions about whether Trump can abide by court directives that are aimed at reining in his rhetoric while he campaigns to return to the White House.
Efforts to hold Trump accountable are testing the legal system in unprecedented ways as judges struggle with how to rein in the former president’s inflammatory rhetoric.