State Supreme Court Justice Hal B Greenwald of Poughkeepsie, New York, rejected the argument that Mary Trump is prevented from speaking publicly about family members through an agreement signed by relatives to settle the estate of his father, Fred Trump Jr, after his death.
The judge said that the confidentiality clauses of the 2001 agreement, “viewed in the context of the current situation of the Trump family in 2020,” would offend public policy as a prior restriction on protected speech. ” ”
“Although the book was published and distributed in large numbers, banning Mary L Trump at this point would be incorrect and pointless. It would be moot, “wrote the judge.
Greenwald said that the confidentiality agreement which settled several disputes mainly concerned the financial aspect of the agreement, which is not as attractive now as it could have been two decades ago.
“On the other hand, the non-confidential part of the agreement, Trump’s family relationships could be more interesting now in 2020 with a presidential election on the horizon,” said the judge.
Robert Trump is not often mentioned in the book which seeks to trace how family members were affected by the president’s father, a successful property owner, and how the president may have developed some of the traits that were most apparent to the White House.
Mary Trump, a trained psychologist and the only niece of Donald Trump, wrote in the book that she had “no problem calling Donald a narcissist – he meets the nine criteria set out in the Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders. «
The judge overturned his orders to temporarily prevent Mary Trump and his publisher, Simon & Schuster, from publishing or distributing a revealing book about the president. An appeal judge had already lifted the freeze order from Simon & Schuster.
The book, Too much and never enough: how my family created the most dangerous man in the world, was originally scheduled to be released in late July. The publisher announced last week that it would be released on Tuesday.
Mary Trump’s lawyer, Theodore Boutrous Jr, said the judge “was right to reject the Trump family’s effort to crush Mary Trump’s central political speech on important matters of public interest.”
“The first amendment prohibits prior restrictions because they are intolerable infringements of the right to participate in democracy. Tomorrow, the American public will be able to read Mary’s important words for themselves, “he said in a statement.
Simon & Schuster said he was “pleased that the court dismissed the plaintiff’s request for a preliminary injunction and quashed the restraining order against our author, Mary L Trump”.
“The absolute right to publish is a sacred American freedom and a founding principle of our republic, and we applaud the Court for asserting well-established precedents against pre-restrictions and pre-publication orders,” he added. ” Too much and never enough is a work of great significance, with very real implications for our national discourse, and we look forward to presenting it to an audience that is clearly looking forward to reading it. ”
On the eve of its publication, Mary Trump’s book was ranked number one on Amazon’s best-selling books list.