LEGAL: “The judge overseeing Donald Trump’s civil fraud case will not allow the former president to speak during closing arguments in the trial on Thursday after Trump refused to say that he’d stick to the facts of the case and not engage in any attacks.

Trump had requested to deliver part of the arguments himself, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation. But Judge Arthur Engoron denied the request Wednesday after a contentious back and forth with Trump’s lawyers about certain preconditions the judge wanted him to meet.”
-Adam Reiss and Dareh Gregorian, “Judge in New York fraud trial will not allow Trump to deliver part of closing arguments himself,” nbcnews.com, January 10, 2024