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A federal choose has denied Roger Stone’s bid for a brand new trial, rejecting his claims that alleged misconduct and political bias on the a part of the jury foreperson tainted the proceedings.
The ruling Thursday from Choose Amy Berman Jackson comes nearly two months after she sentenced Stone, the longtime Republican operative and good friend of President Trump, to greater than three years in federal jail.
In his bid for a brand new trial, Stone alleged that the jury foreperson was biased in opposition to him, and lied throughout jury choice with the intention to cover these sentiments. He additionally alleged that the foreperson engaged in misconduct throughout deliberations.
In her 81-page ruling, Choose Jackson disagreed.
She mentioned she thought-about the foreperson’s solutions throughout jury choice, in addition to statements throughout a public listening to in February throughout which the foreperson and two different jurors testified. Taking all of that into consideration, Jackson mentioned she finds that the foreperson didn’t lie throughout jury choice nor interact in misconduct in the course of the trial.
“Due to this fact, the Court docket concludes in its discretion that the protection has not offered grounds for a brand new trial,” she wrote, “nor has it equipped any purpose to consider that there was ‘a critical miscarriage of justice.'”
Together with his movement for a brand new trial now thrown out, Stone is predicted file an attraction of his conviction. He has 14 days to take action.
A jury discovered Stone responsible in November of obstruction, witness tampering and mendacity to Congress.
The costs, which had been introduced as a part of the Russia investigation, relate to Stone’s makes an attempt to cover his efforts to contact WikiLeaks in the course of the 2016 marketing campaign and discover out what the group supposed to do with 1000’s of hacked Democratic emails.
Jackson’s order says Stone should give up to serve his sentence on the establishment designated by Bureau of Prisons no earlier than 14 days from right this moment’s ruling. It’s unclear whether or not Stone will probably be allowed to stay free on bail whereas his anticipated attraction is pending.
Trump has repeatedly criticized the Russia investigation and mentioned he believes Stone has been handled unfairly by prosecutors and Choose Jackson. That has fueled hypothesis that the president may pardon Stone or commute his sentence.
When requested about that chance, Trump has reiterated that he thinks Stone is a sufferer however says he hasn’t made a name on a pardon as a result of he needed to permit the authorized course of to play out.