Roger Stone makes second offer for new trial


Last November, a jury found Stone guilty of the seven counts: five counts of lying to Congress, one obstructing a Congressional investigation and the other for falsifying witnesses.

Stone's lawyers had previously made an unsuccessful offer for a new trial. A few months ago, they asked for a reconsideration on the grounds that Jackson had refused to hit a juror who admitted that her husband had shown her a Wall Street Journal article on the trial after she was called for trial. case, but before it was officially chosen for the jury.

"The Court is satisfied that the transgression in this case - if there was one - was unintentional and that it had little or no effect," said Jackson. wrote when the first motion was rejected last week.

Stone's four federal prosecutors abruptly withdrew from the case this week after Trump complained about their seven- to nine-year sentencing recommendation and Attorney General Bill Barr ordered the removal of this proposal in favor of a lenient sentence. Barr said Thursday that he made the decision before Trump made a public statement.

While it is not clear what the new motion for a new trial is complaining about, Stone's allies have drawn attention in the past two days to the jury presence of a woman who criticized Trump and Stone in social media posts.

Tomeka Hart, a former Democratic candidate for congress in Tennessee, went to her Facebook page Wednesday evening to offer a voice defense for the prosecutor's team.

“It hurts me to see the DOJ interfere with the hard work of prosecutors. They acted with the utmost intelligence, integrity and respect for our justice system, ”wrote Hart. "I can no longer be silent. "

Hart's conservative critics argued that some of his responses to the court about his social media activity and media consumption were not true.

Although Hart's name was not mentioned in court, counsel for both parties had it well before the trial, she was publicly questioned by both parties during the jury selection process, and it was revealed that she had served on the Memphis school board and had previously run for Congress.

"I worked on my own campaign," said Hart, who insisted that she could be fair despite her political outlook.

Stone’s lawyers did not ask the judge to fire her and did not use one of their peremptory strikes to chase her away, so Jackson allowed her to serve.

The details mentioned in court made it easy for journalists to identify Hart. She did not respond to several POLITICO messages immediately after the jury's verdicts and Friday.


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