Will Judge Amy Berman Jackson Send Roger Stone to Jail?

She would have to defy Trump and the DOJ

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The judge also has a chance to warn Trump and Barr that the criminal justice system is not a tool to benefit the president’s friends and potentially harm his enemies.

The dirty work for which Stone will be sentenced involves his effort to obstruct a Congressional investigation to protect Trump. This past November, Stone was convicted on seven counts involving “obstructing the Congressional inquiry” by the House Intelligence Committee into Russian interference in the 2016 election, “lying to investigators under oath and trying to block the testimony of a witness whose account would have exposed his lies,” the NY Times reported.

Trump’s Intervention

Barr Reacts as Confidence in DOJ Erodes

The DOJ’s interference in a criminal case on behalf of a friend of the president has caused an uproar in Washington and throughout the criminal justice system. The Times interviewed “more than a dozen career lawyers in some of the 93 U.S. attorney’s offices” around the country about the Stone case and found that the DOJ’s action had undermined their trust in the Attorney General. The attorneys were particularly concerned that “Mr. Barr might not support them in politically charged cases.”

Who Is Roger Stone?

Why would Trump push to have Roger Stone’s sentence reduced and create a major scandal? First, Stone was instrumental in helping to sell Trump as a palatable campaign product in the 2016 election. The Netflix documentary, “Get Me Roger Stone,” provides a look into the corrupt world of Stone over the years. CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin says in the film that “in many respects, Roger Stone created Donald Trump as a political figure. There is no doubt that in tone, in affect, in profile, the Trump candidacy was a pure Roger Stone production.” Second, Stone is probably in a position to share many secrets about Trump, if he were required to do so.

What Sentence Will Judge Amy Berman Jackson Impose?

Prior to the most recent developments, Judge Jackson had shown no indication that she felt intimidated by Stone or his attorneys. Last February, Stone posted a photo of the judge on Instagram next to an image of a crosshairs and language demeaning the legal process and the charges against him. “Through legal trickery Deep State hitman Robert Mueller has guaranteed that my upcoming show trial is before Judge Amy Berman Jackson,” Stone wrote, according to BuzzFeed News.

Protests Build

Since this story first broke, protests against the Trump administration and Barr have increased. Democrats in Congress have blasted Trump’s inappropriate attempts to control the outcome of Stone’s case. The Post reported that “Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) asked the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate.”

Freelance Writer, PT English Prof, President MC PT Faculty Union (SEIU Loc 500), Political Activist, Democrat/Socialist, follow me on Twitter @VictoriaBaldas2

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