Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointee, has rejected a request from the defense to bow out of the Roger Stone case.
Politico reports the federal judge who sentenced President Donald Trump’s longtime adviser Roger Stone to more than three years in prison last week has decisively rejected a defense request that she drop off the case before ruling on a pending new trial motion challenging the conduct of a juror at his trial.
U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson’s sharply worded order also dressed down Stone’s defense team for using the court’s docket to air what she said were meritless claims that she is biased against him.
“At bottom, given the absence of any factual or legal support for the motion for disqualification, the pleading appears to be nothing more than an attempt to use the Court’s docket to disseminate a statement for public consumption that has the words ‘judge’ and ‘biased’ in it,” Jackson wrote Sunday.
In recent days, Trump has used Twitter to suggest that Jackson is biased and has used social media and public speeches to endorse claims by Stone’s allies that the jury foreperson harbored antipathy to him.
Just one day after Stone’s sentencing last week, his defense filed a motion asking Jackson to recuse herself from a pending motion for new trial that alleges a juror at his weeklong trial last November did not give accurate answers when questioned by the court.
According to the Guardian, Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is overseeing the case of Roger Stone, will hold a closed hearing tomorrow to consider the former Trump associate’s request for a new trial.
No rest for the weary in the Roger Stone case. Judge Berman Jackson announces that tomorrow there will be a hearing on his motion for a new trial. For now, hearing will be under seal, but she's holding a public hearing before it on whether to unseal the proceedings pic.twitter.com/bPgxCyvMSX
— Tierney Sneed (@Tierney_Megan) February 24, 2020
Stone, who was sentenced to more than three years in prison last week for obstructing Congress’ Russia investigation, has claimed his trial was tainted due to anti-Trump juror bias.
But Jackson seems unlikely to issue a favorable ruling on his motion for a new trial, considering she praised the jurors for their service when she announced Stone’s sentence last week.