Courtesy of CNN:
The federal judge overseeing the Roger Stone case is considering a gag order, she said at a hearing in Washington on Friday.
“This is a criminal proceeding and not a public relations campaign,” Judge Amy Berman Jackson said in a brief hearing.
Jackson cautioned Stone, a longtime Republican campaign adviser and confidant of President Donald Trump, against treating the buildup to the trial “like a book tour” and reminded him he should not argue his case “on the talk show circuit.”
She also said that if a gag order is imposed, that wouldn’t limit all of Stone’s public speaking. He and others in the case, Jackson said, could still “discuss foreign relations, immigration or Tom Brady.”
Jackson, who handles several cases related to the Mueller investigation, previously imposed a gag order over former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s criminal case restricting Manafort’s team’s public statements.
Both sides will be given a chance to respond to Jackson by next Friday.
It should be noted that the judge is also suggesting that the gag order would protect Roger Stone from his own loose lips.
Jackson specifically noted how Stone has spoken publicly about the case since his arrest –which received a fair amount of attention. Stone’s interviews generated publicity so far and he may have felt justified to push back after his arrest. But Jackson said she wants to make sure the amount of publicity before a trial wouldn’t bias any jury that’s seated.
Stone “may be well known,” the judge said, but only in certain circles.
She also reminded him that any inconsistencies Stone has had when speaking publicly could be introduced as evidence at his trial.
“It’s my responsibility to make sure he has a fair trial,” Jackson said.
Much like his buddy Donald Trump, Roger Stone is also a habitual liar and yes it probably would be a benefit to him if the judge kept him from giving interviews about his case which could then be used against him in court.
I actually think he is screwed anyhow, but at least he will not be able to make things worse.
This judge is the same one that sent Pual Manafort’s ass to prison, so you know she is not messing around here.