A Dutchess County judge denied a request for a preliminary injunction on Monday, stating that the non-disclosure agreement signed by Mary Trump, the niece of President Donald Trump, when her grandfather’s estate settled should have had “more clarity.”
“The court was correct to condemn the Trump family ‘s attempt to squelch Mary Trump’s primary policy speech on significant topics of public interest,” Ted Boutrous, Mary Trump’s counsel, said in a statement.
‘For previous limitations, the first amendment prohibits them on the grounds that they are unacceptable violations of freedom of government vote. Today, Mary ‘s essential words should be heard by the Americans.
In a tweet, Chris Bastardi, spokesman for Mary Trump, said, “Now that the illegal court injunction has now been removed, we are confident that the White House and America are looking forward to actually learning what Mary has to say.”
Simon & Schuster, the publisher of the much-anticipated memoir, said it had been “delighted” by the court’s decision.
“Amidst constitutional liberties and our country ‘s core rights, the unconditional right to publication is a matter to appreciation to the Tribunal for its ratification of well-known precedents against past prohibitions and pre-publication orders.” “There could be too many, and not enough, enormous novels that would have very strong implications for the national dialogue and that we wanted to read them in public.”
Following the judge’s ruling, Mary Trump took to Twitter to form her first post since 2018. It said, simply, “Happy Infrastructure Week.”
The judge’s ruling followed several weeks of legal fights about the sale of a full-length novel that Simon & Schuster published two weeks ago owing to “strong demand and exceptional value.”
Robert Trump, the younger brother of the president, was seeking to dam the release of the book as it could break the non-disclosure deal that Mary Trump — the daughter of the late elder brother of the president, Fred Trump Jr.—signed when she ended her case about her grandfather’s will.
When his first try at the Queens Proxy Court, where the President’s father’s estate had been decided, failed, he attempted again at the State Supreme Court in Dutchess County, north of New York City.
Last month, the Dutch County Judge issued a temporary injunction that indefinitely prohibited Mary Trump and Simon & Schuster from releasing the book so they could vote on a permanent injunction. At the time, the representative of Robert Trump, Charles Harder, said, “We will fight this case right up to the very end.”
In his ruling Monday, the judge cited the “potential enormous cost and logistical nightmare” in stopping the publication and recalling many thousands of books. He also referenced the ruling during a lawsuit to prevent the publication of John Bolton’s tell-all, “The Room Where It Happened,” quoting, “By the looks of it the horse is not just out of the barn, it’s out of the country.”
Mary Trump’s new novel is focused on intimate experiences and discussions regarding partnerships, comprising “financial papers, bank accounts, tax reports, private journals, family documents, letters, notes, messages, photos, and other information,” along with the author’s notice.
More than 600,000 copies of the book had been printed and shipped as of July 8, consistent with the ruling.