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COMMENTARY OF THE DAY
By
Robert Namer
Voice Of America
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February 03, 2019

     Stone is a publicity hound, but can a judge infringe on a individual's First Amendment Right.  One week after Roger Stone’s arrest and indictment, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Friday warned she may impose a gag order on the veteran GOP operative with close ties to President Donald Trumprial.  Judge Amy Berman Jackson said, adding that she's worried that Stone treating the pre-trial process "like a book tour" could taint a potential jury at a future trial. She gave Stone and the government until Feb. 8 to submit arguments about whether she should impose a gag order.

     Stone was taken into custody last Friday and charged with seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction of justice, and witness tampering by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of an ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

     Stone pleaded not guilty and vowed to fight charges. If found guilty, he could face up to 20 years in prison. Since then, Stone has been on a media blitz, making a number of appearances on television, amiably talking for the cameras outside his home, at an airport baggage claim, on the courthouse steps, and at a hotel ballroom.

    The judge acknowledged what she called Stone’s legitimate interest in exerting his First Amendment rights, but said she wanted to balance that with his right to a fair trial.


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