By Tank Murdoch
(TNS) GOP operative Roger Stone’s legal team is demanding that the U.S. district judge who presided over his case recuse herself from deciding whether he deserves a retrial after it was revealed the lead juror secretly harbored animosity for his long-time friend President Donald Trump.
Also, according to the Washington Times, Stone’s team is upset over the lecture U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointee, gave their client before sentencing him, in particular accusing him of “covering up” for the president.
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The Times reported:
Stone is seeking a new trial based on social media posts by the forewoman in his trial, Tomkea Hart, saying she never should have been allowed on the jury because of Twitter posts mocking Stone’s arrest. She has also called Trump supporters racists.
Moments before Judge Jackson handed down Stone’s sentence on Thursday afternoon, she praised the jury for their work in the case.
While accusing Stone’s attorneys of raising a “Who cares?” defense, Judge Jackson gave a lengthy speech expressing her disgust with that argument.
“The jurors who served with integrity under difficult circumstances cared. The American people cared. And I cared,” she told the courtroom.
Those comments, say Stone’s defense team, prove that she isn’t going into reconsidering his request for a new trial with an unbiased opinion.
Whether or not Jackson recuses or grants a new trial, there is no question that she’s biased — so much so, in fact, that Fox News host Tucker Carlson believes she is worthy of impeachment.
“Stone’s sentence was delivered by an Obama-appointed judge called Amy Berman Jackson. Now you often hear people complain that our justice system has been infected by politics. Amy Berman Jackson is living proof that it has been,” he said during his program last week calling Jackson an “open partisan who has so flagrantly violated the bounds of constitutional law and fairness that it’s shocking she’s still on the bench.”
“If there’s anyone in Washington that deserves to be impeached, it’s Amy Berman Jackson,” he continued, before blasting her decision to place Rick Gates and former 2016 Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort under house arrest during their trials despite the fact that they “are middle-aged men with no criminal history.”
“Jackson wanted to punish Gates and Manafort before they were even convicted of anything, and she did. Ultimately she revoked Manafort’s bail and placed him in jail in solitary confinement. But Jackson reserved her real fury for Roger Stone,” claimed Carlson.
“At sentencing today, she declared that Stone was ‘prosecuted for covering up for the president.’ Now, CNN let the claim pass without comment, but anybody who had been watching was baffled because that’s totally untrue.”
“Nobody connected to the president has ever been charged with a crime related to spying for Russia or colluding with Russia, much less convicted of one,” he continued. “Stone wasn’t charged with covering up anything. That was not the charge. That is not what he was sentenced for.”
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“Amy Jackson knows that. She lied about it,” he concluded. “In other words, here you have a federal judge lying about the case before her. Scary? Yes, it is scary.”
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