Roger Stone: Justice denied
In the case of Roger Stone, Justice was not done. Stones sentence should not have been commuted. Instead, Roger Stones request for a new trial should have been granted.
Tomeka Hart, the woman who ended up serving as the foreperson of the Roger Stone jury should never have been allowed to serve on the jury. Stones lawyer should have challenged Hart "for cause," and, if that failed, used one of his "peremptory challenges" to prevent Hart from serving on the jury. Ergo: Stone was not adequately represented.
During the voir dire (speak truth) examination of the potential jurors, the Obama-appointed, Judge Amy Berman Jackson, should have discovered that Tomeka Hart was a Democrat, anti-Trump activist who had already made up her mind that Roger Stone was guilty as charged. Fault Judge Jackson for not dismissing Hart.
During the trial, Tomeka Hart continued to tell her social-media followers that Stone should be convicted. After sentence was passed, Hart celebrated to her followers how she, the jury foreperson, convinced her fellow jurors to convict Stone.
Despite all the evidence that Hart tampered with the jurys deliberations, Judge Jackson refused to grant Stone a new trial. Rather than see his aging, long-time friend possibly perish in prison from the Chinese virus, President Trump commuted Stones sentence.
The great irony is that Stone was convicted, in part, of jury tampering when the jury foreperson is the one tampered with the Stone jury and then bragged about it.
But when it comes to letting the convicted off the hook, President Clinton holds all the records. On Clintons last day in office, he issued 140 pardons or commutations. The most outrageous being Clintons pardon of Marc Rich who owed $48 million in back taxes and faced 51 counts of tax evasion.
While fugitive Marc Rich was living the high life in Switzerland, his supposedly estranged wife was donating $450,000 to the Clinton library and over $10,000 to Hillary Clintons senate campaign. Meanwhile, Marc Rich was helping Iran obtain over 4 million barrels embargoed oil.
Clintons pardon of Rich caused such a furor that Mary Joe White, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, launched an investigation. But, when James Comey replaced White, the investigation was scrapped. Does anyone see a connection here?
Clintons rogues gallery of pardons and commutations included two Weather Underground terrorists; Susan McDougal, who refused to testify against the Clintons in the Whitewater scandal; former Democrat Congressman Dan Rostenkowski, convicted in the House post office check-kiting scandal: Patty Hearst, who joined the Symbionese Liberation Army and took part in a number of bank robberies. Also among Clintons 140 last-minute pardons was Clintons brother, Roger, a convicted drug-dealer.
Unlike many of the many play-for-pay Clinton pardons and commutations, the Stone case raised serious questions of: prosecutorial misconduct (sending a SWAT team to arrest Stone for alleged non-violent crimes and tipping off a CNN film crew to be on hand), judicial laxity during the voir dire examination of prospective jurors, inadequate legal representation, jury tampering by the Democrat-activist juror foreperson and the judge slapping a gag order on Roger Stone so Stone could not counter the social media attacks by Tomeka Hart. We report. You decide.
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