Judge Imposes Social Media Lockdown on Former President Trump in Georgia Indictment Case
A significant development emerged on Monday as a judge imposed restrictions on former President Trump’s social media usage in connection
A significant development emerged on Monday as a judge imposed restrictions on former President Trump’s social media usage in connection to an indictment in Georgia. The indictment charges Trump and his associates with 13 counts linked to their alleged attempts to overturn the state’s 2020 election results.
Fulton County Superior Judge Scott McAfee issued an order that curtails Trump’s interactions with co-defendants and witnesses involved in the case, permitting communication only through their legal representatives. The order also explicitly prevents the former president from using social media to intimidate or obstruct co-defendants and witnesses, whether by direct posts or reposting content.
“The Defendant shall perform no act to intimidate any person known to him or her to be a co-defendant or witness in this case or to otherwise obstruct the administration of justice,” the order stipulates, extending its scope to cover social media engagement.
This isn’t the first instance where Trump’s social media usage has come under scrutiny during ongoing legal battles. U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan, who presides over Trump’s federal 2020 election case, previously cautioned all parties involved to exercise caution in their public statements to prevent witness intimidation and potential bias in the jury pool.
Last week, Trump and 18 others faced charges in Fulton County, Georgia, related to their alleged roles in efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 election outcomes. The defendants have been given until Friday at noon to voluntarily surrender.
In addition to the social media restrictions, the order set a $200,000 bond for the former president, accompanied by a clear warning against intimidating co-defendants or witnesses. The order’s specificity emphasizes that Trump’s prohibition encompasses all forms of social media communication and extends to any form of indirect threats.