Lawyers for Roger Stone to seek emergency appeal of his surrender date to avoid having him sent to prison where COVID-19 is rapidly spreading
06/24/2020 / By JD Heyes / Comments
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Lawyers for Roger Stone to seek emergency appeal of his surrender date to avoid having him sent to prison where COVID-19 is rapidly spreading

Attorneys for Roger Stone said Tuesday they are planning to file an emergency motion with a federal court to extend the date he is supposed to surrender to federal penal authorities because some inmates are infected with COVID-19.

In a message to Natural News, Stone’s lawyers expressed concern that because of their client’s age and susceptibility to the coronavirus, if U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson refuses to extend his report date it could be a death sentence.

It’s the latest twist in the odyssey of the Stone case, which was a sham from the outset as evidenced after the fact through revelations that the jury forewoman in the trial was a former Democratic congressional candidate who is also no fan of President Donald Trump, who has known Stone for decades.

Natural News reported in February: 

Upon further investigation, Hart had made several anti-Trump comments on social media, in particular Twitter, and was actually posting actively during the trial. That discovery alone raises legitimate questions about how she answered specific questions on the juror questionnaire regarding the investigation into Stone, the Mueller probe, and running for public office. 

The request by Stone’s attorneys for an extension of his report date comes as former federal prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky said he resigned from the team trying the Stone case because he claimed the Justice Department inappropriately pushed for a lighter sentence.

“I have never seen political influence play a role in prosecutorial decision making, with one exception: United States v. Roger Stone,” he said in prepared testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

He was one of four prosecutors who withdrew from the case after the Justice Department in February pressed him and the others to push for a more lenient sentence. He claims that the DoJ pressured the prosecutors to “water down and in some cases outright distort” the nature of Stone’s conduct.

“What I heard— repeatedly— was that Roger Stone was being treated differently from any other defendant because of his relationship to the president,” Zelinsky said, according to NBC News. 

He also claims that Tim Shea, who was appointed by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to be acting U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C., “was receiving heavy pressure from the highest levels of Justice to cut Stone a break.”

Of course, Zelinsky didn’t say who was exerting the pressure, giving the impression that it may have only been his impression that pressure was being exerted — or that none at all was.

That said, the line prosecutor claimed that Shea gave Stone preferential treatment “because he was afraid of the president.”

He also claimed that his supervisors said the pressure was unethical and wrong. “However we were instructed that we should go along with the U.S. attorney’s instructions because this case ‘was not the hill worth dying on’ and that we could ‘lose our jobs’ if we did not toe the line,” he said, according to NBC News.

Jackson sentenced Stone to three years, four months in prison for lying to Congress over attempts to find out what Wikileaks founder Julian Assange planned to do with hacked Clinton campaign emails.

Meanwhile, former FBI and DoJ officials including James Comey and Andrew McCabe have never been charged for lying to Congress or other federal investigators, though it seems clear they did. 

Neither have any of the FBI agents who purposefully misled the FISA court to get warrants to spy on 2016 Trump campaign member Carter Page.

As for Stone, it was clear from the outset what the deep state had in store for him: His Florida home was raided at dawn by heavily armed FBI agents though he was never a flight risk and had no guns in his home.

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