Nikki McCann Ramirez
According to an affidavit filed by attorneys for the New York state court system, Engoron and Greenfield have been subjected to a “deluge [in] the court’s chambers phone and the law clerk’s personal cell phone, personal emails and social media accounts [of] hundreds of threatening, harassing, disparaging and antisemitic messages.”
The filing argues that the harassment leveled against Engoron, who is charged with ruling in the state’s civil fraud case against the former president, and his staff support the need for gag orders against Trump and his attorneys.
On Oct. 3, Trump posted an image of Greenfield, Engoron’s principal law clerk, on Truth Social. He described Greenfield as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) “girlfriend.”
“Schumer’s girlfriend, Alison R. Greenfield, is running this case against me. How disgraceful! This case should be dismissed immediately!!” Trump wrote. In response, Engoron leveled a narrowly tailored gag order against Trump barring him from targeting his staff; the order was later expanded to include the former president’s attorneys. Trump was fined in late October for violating Engoron’s order.
Despite the gag order, Greenfield was subjected to intense online abuse by Trump’s supporters. According to court documents, “Ms. Greenfield’s personal information, including her personal cell phone number and personal email addresses also have been compromised resulting in daily doxing. She has been subjected to, on a daily basis, harassing, disparaging comments and antisemitic tropes.”
According to testimony given by Greenfield to Charles Hollon, a court officer-captain in the Department of Public Safety, the clerk “has been receiving approximately 20-30 calls per day to her personal cell phone and approximately 30-50 messages per day on combined sites of social media, Linkedln and two (2) personal email addresses.”
Hollon writes that the “threats against Justice Engoron and Ms. Greenfield are considered to be serious and credible and not hypothetical or speculative.” In his signed statement, Hollon included examples of some of the voicemails left on Engoron’s court voicemail, the censored slurs were generated by the court’s transcription software.