The drama concerning political consultant and Trump crony Roger Stone took another decisive turn on Thursday as U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced the 67 year old lobbyist to 3-years in prison, for allegedly lying and witness tampering.
The sentence was considerably less, then the recommended 7 to 9 years sought by federal prosecutors, who apparently had a personal vendetta against the flamboyant GOP political pundit.
Moreover, the trial itself was marred by a number of improprieties; the most telling concerned the jury selection allowed by Judge Jackson, in which an individual with an obvious political bias was cleared to sit on the jury to decide whether Stone was innocent or guilty of the charges.
Prior to sentencing, Fox’s senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in on the controversy surrounding the case, reminding viewers how Judge Jackson presided over the trial by refusing a second request by the defense team, after it was discovered that a key juror had lied on the questionnaire regarding any political predispositions or biases.
Napolitano concluded that “only a pardon can fairly undo this mess.”
Adding, “This is not about politics and it’s not about friendship, it’s about the Constitution and human decency.”
When asked what should happen on Thursday, Napolitano said, “The judge should interrogate this foreperson about her biases against the President.”
The 69 year old senior judicial analyst also concluded that “The judge should interrogate the departed prosecutors about what they knew about this foreperson and when they knew it and why they quit. And then determine whether or not the integrity of Stone’s trial was adversely affected by this juror. It seems inconceivable that it was not.”
Napolitano was referring to the highly unusual mass resignations by the 4-DOJ prosecutors, who apparently became angry at having their putative sentencing of 87 to 108 months rejected by Attorney General Barr.
The outrageous recommendation by the prosecutors sparked a brief dust-up between the President and the Attorney General, who complained during an interview that the President was making his job difficult.
As for Tomeka Hart, a former Memphis City Schools Board President who acknowledged her dislike for the President through a series of anti-Trump social media posts, to be awarded a position of foreperson on the jury that convicted Stone is outrageous.
Even more mind-bogging Hart actually posted on social media specifics about the Stone case, before she was selected to sit on the jury, breaking every tenet of confidentiality imaginable. Moreover, once it was discovered she violated a court ruling, a “mistrial” should have immediately followed, along with the Democratic activist being held in contempt
The question of whether the President will pardon Stone is almost a certainty, during a brief Q&A session with reporters the day before Stone was sentenced; the President was asked if he intended to pardon his long time friend.
The President responded, “I think it’s very tough what they did to Roger Stone, compared to what they do to other people on their side. I think it’s very tough. I think it’s a very tough situation that they did something like that.
Adding, “I’ve known Roger over the years. He’s a nice guy. A lot of people like him. And he got very – he got hit very hard, as did former White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and as did a lot of other people. They got hit very, very hard. And now they’re finding out it was all a big hoax. They’re finding out it was a horrible thing. It was – we were spied on – my campaign was spied on.”
Don’t be surprised that before Stone actually sets foot in a jail cell, he’ll be pardoned, to the chagrin of the rabid left.