Roger Stone Gets Three Years, Four Months in Jail for Trump Cover-Up
Judge Jackson today began considering a request from a former Trump adviser to hold a new trial in his case.
A federal judge on Tuesday heard arguments over a new trial of Roger Stone, a former adviser to Donald Trump, who claims he was unfairly accused of Russian meddling and sentenced to 40 months in prison as a result of jury bias. This was reported by the Associated Press..
Initially, the hearing was supposed to be held behind closed doors, but District Judge Amy Berman Jackson agreed to an open hearing on condition that the names of the jurors were kept secret. Stone asked for a new trial on February 14, after his previous request was denied..
Following the verdict, one of the jurors wrote a column for the Washington Post in which he explained why the jury decided to find Stone guilty. In addition, the chairperson of a fellow jury wrote about the trial on her Facebook..
During the trial, jurors are not allowed to read publications about the case they are considering or discuss the trial with outsiders, however, after a verdict has been issued, they are exempted from this duty and can speak publicly about the case if they so wish..
Jackson said the jury on Stone’s case faced harassment even before making the comments. The judge raised concerns for their safety, citing comments made by Donald Trump on Twitter, Fox News commentator and Trump supporter Tucker Carlson, and right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones..
Stone’s attorneys said they were misled by the chairman of the jury, even though they had at their disposal the questionnaire she had filled out to participate in the jury. Lawyers drew attention to the articles, links to which the chairman of the jury published on social networks before the trial of Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen, as well as to her posts about the Russian investigation. Jackson asked attorneys why they believe social media posts indicate that the jury chairman misled them.
This is the question of whether she was lying? I want to know what she lied about on this questionnaire, the judge said..
On Tuesday, while on a trip to India, the president re-posted a tweet about the chairman of the jury in the Stone case. Trump claims bias of both Chairman and Judge Jackson.
It is rare to find a jury as biased as the chairman of the jury in the Roger Stone case. Look at her past. She did not reveal her hatred of Trump and Stone. She was absolutely biased, as was the judge. Roger didn’t even work for my campaign. Perversion of justice. It’s sad to see that! – wrote the president.