Roger Stone Judge Defends Biased Anti-Trump Juror

Judge: Stone Sentence Proposal Was Wrong

( – Roger Stone is the former advisor to President Trump who was recently sentenced to more than three years in prison after being found guilty of obstructing a congressional investigation. His hearing hit the headlines as he is the only person to have been sentenced to prison for obstructing Congress during the Robert Mueller Russia probe.

Stone’s sentencing is widely acknowledged to be extreme and his court case unfair. The political operative received the support of Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson and even President Donald Trump who blasted the Judge Amy Berman Jackson for mishandling the court case.

Judge Jackson hit back at Carlson recently, alleging that his claim that the lead juror in the case was an “anti-Trump zealot” was inaccurate. But it wasn’t. Tomeka Hart, the lead juror, is a known anti-Trump activist who has posted multiple references to the president, Roger Stone, and Republicans on her social media. In August 2019, Hart even used the hashtag “#KlanPresident,’ comparing the president to the Ku Klux Klan.

During a hearing that will decide whether Stone will receive a retrial, Jackson claimed that both the president and the Fox News host are in the wrong for noting Hart’s clear bias.

Roger Stone and his defense team claim that Hart provided misleading answers in a jury questionnaire, provided to every member of the jury, which asked whether they had any commented publicly on the Trump-Russia investigation. The documents, which were obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation, show that Hart claimed she was “not certain” whether she had made public comments about the topic. This is despite the fact that her Twitter feed was littered with references to the president and the Russia investigation.

Just days after Stone was arrested, Hart even posted a news article about his arrest and leveled criticism towards his defenders.

Stone’s defense team, therefore, contends that Hart should have been removed from the jury pool right at the start and that she should have given full disclosure about her knowledge of the case and her personal feelings about Republicans and President Trump.

Reasonable, right?

Not according to Judge Jackson. The judge made the outlandish claim that the president and Carlson were simply trying to “intimidate” the juror.

“Tucker Carlson accused the foreperson of the jury of being an anti-Trump zealot…Any attempts to invade the privacy of the jurors or to harass or intimidate them is completely antithetical to our system of justice.”

“This is indisputably a highly publicized case in which the president himself shone a spotlight on the jury,” she said. “The risk of harassment and intimidation of any jurors who may testify in the hearing later today is extremely high, and individually who may be angry about Mr Stone’s conviction may choose to take it out on them personally.”

None of this changes the fact that Hart is an anti-Trump zealot.