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Federal Judge Delivers Rare Response to President Trump

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Former President Donald Trump has drawn criticism for his attacks on social media against Judge Juan Merchan and his daughter Loren, who is presiding over Trump’s criminal trial in New York.

Trump accused Loren Merchan of bias despite a gag order.

“We do these jobs because we’re committed to the rule of law and we believe in the rule of law. The rule of law can only function effectively when we have judges who are prepared to carry out their duties without the threat of potential physical harm,” Walton said.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton called any attacks on a judge or their family “particularly problematic” and threatening to the rule of law.

Walton warned that public figures need to be mindful that their words could encourage harm.

“You can’t let that impact on how you live your life, and how you treat litigants who are before you,” Walton said. “Even though threats may be made against you and your family, you still must ensure that everybody who comes into your courtroom is treated fairly, regardless of who they are or what they’ve done. But nonetheless, it is very troubling, because it is an attack on the rule of law when judges are threatened, and particularly, when their family is threatened. And it’s wrong and should not happen.”

“That’s particularly true when you have somebody who has status in our society, and they make certain statements, it can cause people to act on those statements, even if they don’t necessarily intend for someone to do so,” Walton said.

“So I think it’s very important that people in positions of authority, be very circumspect in reference to the things that they say, so that they’re not causing others to act on what they say and maybe cause injury or death to someone as a result of that.”

Experts say Trump’s remarks risk politicizing the judiciary and undermine faith in the impartiality and independence of the courts.

It comes as Trump faces legal challenges in New York over alleged financial fraud.

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