Convicted felon and Trump associate Roger Stone is literally trying every trick in the book to avoid going to prison, even accusing Judge Amy Berman Jackson of bias in a desperate effort to get a new trial. But former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance had some bad news for him on Sunday.
Berman Jackson recently sentenced Stone to serve 40 months in prison following a unanimous jury verdict convicting him of seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering and lying to the FBI and Congress.
But after failing to get a new trial by arguing that the jury foreman was biased because she wasn’t pro-Trump, Stone and his lawyers are trying another tactic that won’t at all please the judge.
Stone is now arguing that because Berman Jackson found no evidence of bias on the jury she must be biased as well and, therefore, must be replaced as the judge overseeing his case and he should receive a new trial.
Seriously, it’s like he’s trying to piss Berman Jackson off.
On Sunday, MSNBC host Alex Witt asked former prosecutor Vance about the new argument and whether it has a snowball’s chance in hell of working.
“Stone’s legal team says that Judge Amy Berman Jackson’s assertion that the jurors served with integrity shows bias,” Witt began. “Do you buy that argument and legally would that be enough to get the judge dismissed from the case?”
“I don’t buy it, Alex, and the judge isn’t going to buy it either,” Vance said point-blank. “This is another example of Roger Stone trying to gaslight people around him, but he’s finally met his match in the federal judiciary because they’re not allowed to accept arguments that are counter-factual like the ones that he makes here.”
“Yes, there are some cases where you actually can ask a judge to give you a new trial where the interests of justice would be better reflected. they’re unusual but they exist,” Vance continued. “The comments that Judge Jackson made at sentencing only exemplify her commitment to the rule of law, her insistence like the jurors in this case who did important work under terrible pressure, that their service is honored and respected even when someone like Stone who as we know has a long-time history of promoting himself as an agitator — her ruling stands up on appeal.”
Here’s the video via YouTube:
Sounds like Stone better start accepting that he will soon be living in a cell.
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