Judge Refuses Sentencing Delay For Trump Ally Roger Stone
Judge Amy Berman Jackson refused to delay Roger Stone’s sentencing, which will take place Thursday, after President Trump suggested she was biased and several prosecutors quit his case after Justice Department leadership retracted their initial sentencing recommendation, according to CNN.
Stone was convicted on seven charges of obstruction, lying to Congress, and witness tampering last year, but has asked for a new trial. Jackson said she’ll consider his latest request and will give him time to appeal after she makes her sentencing judgment.
Jackson has remained silent since Trump accused her of bias.
“Is this the Judge that put Paul Manafort in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, something that not even mobster Al Capone had to endure? How did she treat Crooked Hillary Clinton? Just asking!” the president tweeted last week.
Yet, Manafort was never held in solitary confinement and Jackson had no control over the conditions of his detainment when she sent him to jail in June 2018.
The four prosecutors that initially took Stone’s case to trial argued he should be sentenced to seven to nine years in prison. Attorney General William Barr rescinded their recommendation in a controversial and politically charged decision after Trump criticized it on Twitter for being too harsh.
All four prosecutors withdrew from the case last Tuesday.