The federal judge overseeing the prosecution of longtime
The order, by udge Amy Berman Jackson, further gags lawyers on both sides from statements that might impact the case.
“Counsel for the parties and the witnesses must refrain from making statements to the media or in public settings that pose a substantial likelihood of material prejudice to this case,” wrote Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is overseeing the case,’ she wrote.
But in the case of Stone, who has been ubiquitous in the media since his indictment, her order was narrower, prohibiting him from making his case to the public or the media while on the courthouse steps or nearby.
All parties, including Stone and potential witnesses, must refrain from certain statements about the case when they ‘are entering or exiting the courthouse, or they are within the immediate vicinity of the courthouse.’
The prohibition applies to statements to the media or the public that ‘pose a substantial likelihood of material prejudice to this case or intended to influence any juror, potential juror, judge, witness or court officer or interfere with the administration of justice.’
Stone, who has blasted the FBI and the Mueller probe since his indictment, while hawking his book and wearing ‘Roger Stone Did Nothing Wrong’ t-shirts, will now have be conscious of where he is when he speaks.
As if anticipating a potential gag order, Stone gave a series of TV interviews immediately following his arrest, and took a somewhat lower profile after his court hearing in Washington where a potential gag was discussed.
Stone has made efforts to bash the prosecutors who charged him, railing against ‘Gestapo’ tactics in his arrest, which included use of armed agents, and according to Stone ‘frog men’ positioned in a canal behind his Ft. Lauderdale home.
He has not said publicly that he is seeking a pardon from President Trump, saying the only person he is seeking relief for is Marcus Garvey. Although the judge mentioned the potential for prejudice – influencing a jury that might hear the case – Stone had other reasons to talk.
Roger Stone will have to keep his lips zipped while entering and leaving a federal courthouse where his case is being tried
Roger Stone let loose on several members of the media in a rant against the press
Stone was a longtime advisor to Donald Trump, but says he is not seeking a pardon from the president
He regularly complains about his mounting legal debts, and relies on his attacks on adversaries and the mainstream media to raise funds.
Since those statements have been in TV interviews and online appearances, they do not appear to be impacted by the current order – although it could be modified later. The order stated there will be no additional resrtictions ‘at this time.’
In a recent appearances on ‘Infowars,’ he called CNN host Anna Navarro, ‘porquita,’ blasted CNN host Don Lemon, and railed against ‘leftist retards.’
He is in a prolonged public spat with Mueller witness Jerome Corsi over the chain of events and WikiLeaks contacts during the campaign. Stone is accused of witness tampering by launching online threats against comedian Randy Credico, including threatening his dog, according to the government.