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Roger Stone Barred From Talking About His Case Following Criticism of Judge
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=46919"><span class="small">Ryan Lucas, NPR</span></a>   
Friday, 22 February 2019 09:11

Lucas writes: "A federal judge on Thursday barred Roger Stone from talking publicly about his case after an inflammatory photo was posted on his Instagram account of the judge that included what appeared to be a crosshairs."

Roger Stone, accompanied by his wife, Nydia, arrives at federal court in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. The former campaign adviser for President Trump has been forbidden to speak publicly about his case. (photo: Jose Luis Magana/AP)
Roger Stone, accompanied by his wife, Nydia, arrives at federal court in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. The former campaign adviser for President Trump has been forbidden to speak publicly about his case. (photo: Jose Luis Magana/AP)


Roger Stone Barred From Talking About His Case Following Criticism of Judge

By Ryan Lucas, NPR

22 February 19

 

federal judge on Thursday barred Roger Stone from talking publicly about his case after an inflammatory photo was posted on his Instagram account of the judge that included what appeared to be a crosshairs.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson rejected apologies offered by Stone, both in writing and in person at a hearing in Washington, D.C. If Stone violates the order, Jackson warned him, she would be "compelled to adjust your environment."

She then spelled out what that meant — she would revoke his bond and order him to be detained ahead of his trial.

The judge's decision adds Stone to an existing gag order that prohibits attorneys from speaking about the case and bars any of the parties from talking about it in the vicinity of the courthouse.

Stone, 66, has been charged with obstruction, false statements and witness tampering as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

The obstruction and false statements charges relate to testimony he gave to Congress about the role he allegedly played in 2016 as an intermediary between Donald Trump's campaign and WikiLeaks.

Stone has pleaded not guilty and says he did nothing wrong. He and supporters also have leveled intense criticism at the government before and since his arrest, including of the FBI, the Justice Department and then Jackson herself.

Stone's Instagram post on Monday suggested that conspirators within the "deep state" had schemed to put his case before an ostensibly unfair Jackson so she could preside over a "show trial." A shape like the crosshairs of a rifle scope appeared in the backdrop of the photo.

The post was then deleted.

Stone submitted a written apology, but Jackson ordered that he appear on Thursday to explain himself.

In a surprise move, Stone took the stand himself to testify under oath at Thursday's hearing. He apologized again, and called the post a "stupid lapse in judgement."

He said he was under an immense amount of pressure as well as emotional and financial stress.

Jackson, however, was unmoved. She noted that after Stone's initial apology was filed with the court this week, he appeared on TV defending the photograph and calling the uproar an unfair media attack on him.

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+6 # johnescher 2019-02-22 10:22
Now if a similar gag order could just be put on Trump.
 
 
+3 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-02-22 13:09
Trump claimed to Empty the Swamp, & he did: he turned it into a Sewer.
 
 
+2 # DongiC 2019-02-22 18:34
Stone did not seem so chipper when he appeared before Judge Jackson the other day. His mouth almost got his bond revoked and his presence sent to jail. Stone has his own brand of arrogance and stupidity; like so many of Trump's inner team. Guess who they all take after.
 
 
-1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-02-23 09:14
"after an inflammatory photo was posted on his Instagram account "


The passive voice here occludes what really happened. The photo in Stone's Instagram post was innocuous and simply cut and pasted from the web. BUT, Mueller's crew wrote a scathing motion to the court claiming Stone was threatening the judge and demanding a total gag order. Anyone with a brain knew that the Mueller COINTELPROBERS would do this after they failed to get a full gag order at the arraignment.

Mueller wants to silence Stone. But his crew will be free to leak all it wants to the media like NPR.

I'm pretty sure, they will find some other pretext to demand that the judge order Stone remanded to prison and kept in solitary confinement. This is the policy of punishment before trial. It is very common. There are more than a million people in the US in prison before even having a trial because some prosecutor demanded that a judge "sentence" them to pre-trial prison. This is so that the prosecutor can control the case.

This is not justice. It is tyranny. Stone may be an asshole and a loud-mouthed jerk. But he really has done nothing serious and he's no threat to anyone -- other than to Mueller's sense of absolute power.

Mueller's days are coming to an end. He's about to cut and run. He's found nothing and he's got no where left to go. Maybe Barr will do the sane thing and simply drop all the pending cases and close the Mueller Probe down completely. But I won't hold my breath.