Published: Fri, July 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Judge considers whether to punish Roger Stone for social media posts

Judge considers whether to punish Roger Stone for social media posts

Roger Stone narrowly refrained from being sent to detention middle on Tuesday for violating the gag describe in his case, however he gained't acquire to build any celebratory posts on Instagram about it this time: He's been fully banned from the utilization of all social media.

However, questions of Stone's compliance with the gag order are now likely to loom over the hearing, after prosecutors in June accused the self-proclaimed "dirty trickster" of defying Judge Amy Berman Jackson's orders by posting comments on Instagram about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Stone was indicted last winter by special counsel Robert Mueller for lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering.

"Mr. Stone, what am I supposed to do with you?"

Rogow said he planned to formally submit a request to have the judge dismiss his gag order entirely, arguing that "the whole underlying premise, I think, is a false premise to begin with".

"I said you can't talk about it at all", Jackson told Stone in court.

"Whether the problem is that you can't follow simple orders or you won't, I need to help you out", the judge said in explaining the social media ban.

Jackson said Stone has used his social media platforms to "gin up" more public comment and controversy about the legitimacy of the Russian Federation investigation and, in turn, his own prosecution.

Over the course of almost an hour, Jackson asked Stone's lawyers about each post, asking them whether they violated her previous gag order.

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Stone has questioned the Mueller team's tactics, including the distribution of a news release on Stone's case prior to informing his attorneys of the charges.

Roger Stone, a longtime confidant of President Donald Trump, accompanied by his wife, Nydia Stone, leaves federal court in Washington, Tuesday, July 16, 2019. "Your lawyer had to twist the facts ... and twist himself into a pretzel to argue that these posts don't cross the line", she said.

Judge Jackson ordered Stone not to use Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to comment on any topic. The judge then asked if the post was in "contravention" of her order.

Defense lawyers said nothing Stone posted on social media ran afoul of the judge's order or will prevent an unbiased jury from hearing the case.

Jackson and the prosecutions seemed exasperated on Tuesday over claims by Stone's lawyers that search warrants used to seize evidence were improperly based on dodgy and questionable USA intelligence concluding that Russian Federation hacked computers belonging to the Democratic National Committee.

During the hearing, Jackson spent about an hour painstakingly reading each one of his posts aloud and asking Stone's attorney Bruce Rogow if they violated her gag order, before taking an hour recess to weigh how she would rule.

"To suggest the posts aren't statements about the case ignores the power of social media", Jackson said.

"I am sorry that the court is offended by these".

Referring to the February gag order, Jackson said, "The clarity of my order is undisputed. Stone in this case", Rogow spoke back.

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