Roger Stone moves to disqualify judge in last-ditch bid to avoid prison

Roger Stone is hoping to disqualify Obama-appointed judge Amy Berman Jackson is a last-ditch effort to avoid serving prison time.

Politico reports President Donald Trump’s longtime ally Roger Stone, sentenced to 40 months in prison this week for impeding the congressional investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, moved Friday to disqualify the judge in his case, claiming her remarks at his sentencing rendered her unable to fairly rule on his bid for a new trial.

Stone’s lawyers say, in particular, that Judge Amy Berman Jackson’s decision to assert that jurors in the case “served with integrity” strikes at the heart of Stone’s motion for a new trial, which they indicated is largely based on whether at least one juror was inappropriately biased against him.

“Whether the subject juror (and perhaps others) served with ‘integrity’ is one of the paramount questions presented in the pending Motion,” Stone’s lawyers argued. “The Court’s ardent conclusion of ‘integrity’ indicates an inability to reserve judgment on an issue which has yet been heard.”

Jackson made her remark during an impassioned rebuke of the arguments Stone’s legal team offered during his trial. She said that Stone and his lawyers minimized the significance of his effort to frustrate congressional investigators as they sought to understand Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, a grave national security challenge.

“Sure, the defense is free to say: So what? Who cares?” Jackson said. “But, I’ll say this: Congress cared. The United States Department of Justice and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia that prosecuted the case and is still prosecuting the case cared. The jurors who served with integrity under difficult circumstances cared. The American people cared. And I care.”

Per TCO, during a fiery segment of his show, Tucker Carlson called for Amy Berman Jackson, Roger Stone’s judge “a Democratic activist wearing robes” and said if anyone deserves to be impeached, it’s her.

Tucker Carlson:

Stone’s sentence was delivered by an Obama-appointed judge called Amy Berman Jackson.

You often hear people say that our justice system has been infected by politics. Amy Berman Jackson is living proof that it has been.

She’s 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 who deserves to be impeached, it’s Amy Berman Jackson.”

Later, Tucker said “What you’re watching is the capricious authoritarianism of a Democratic activist wearing robes. It’s terrifying.”


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