The sentencing of Roger Stone, the former associate of President Donald Trump, was political from the start and in the face of new concerns, the judge is refusing to delay it.
U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, said that she would not postpone the sentencing despite damaging new information.
“I think that delaying this sentence would not be a prudent thing to do under all of the circumstances,” she said during a conference call with the prosecution and defense, The Hill reported.
The prosecutors originally assigned to the case all resigned last week after President Trump tweeted that he thought the sentencing recommendation was too harsh and the Justice Department agreed.
Hart took to Facebook to defend the prosecutors in the case, the Daily Memphian reported.
“I have kept my silence for months. Initially, it was for my safety. Then, I decided to remain silent out of fear of politicizing the matter,” Hart wrote.
“But I can’t keep quiet any longer. I want to stand up for Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed, Michael Marando, and Jonathan Kravis – the prosecutors on the Roger Stone trial.
“It pains me to see the DOJ now interfere with the hard work of the prosecutors. They acted with the utmost intelligence, integrity, and respect for our system of justice. For that, I wanted to speak up for them and ask you to join me in thanking them for their service.
“As foreperson, I made sure we went through every element, of every charge, matching the evidence presented in the case that led us to return a conviction of guilty on all 7 counts.
“For a moment I was afraid. But I don’t live in fear. It is not my nature to be silent.”
John Lewis is the last person Donald Trump should be picking a fight with right now https://t.co/aPZejH6txg
— Tomeka Hart (@hartformemphis) January 14, 2017
Saw a comment on my friend Marybeth Conley’s page re Acosta v 45 wherein the person said Acosta should be denied press access until he learns to respect the Office of the President! 😳🧐
Yeah cause 45 respects the office fully🤨. Are these folks serious?!!
— Tomeka Hart (@hartformemphis) November 17, 2018
“When 11 American prisoners in North Korea were released during the Obama administration, the President didn’t make it into a spectacle about himself.” Keith Boykin https://t.co/6oVWsmbGJz
— Tomeka Hart (@hartformemphis) May 11, 2018
Yes, Colt 45 (because he must be/stay drunk) is the outlaw and disorder president. https://t.co/w1LX1Ol9EZ
— Tomeka Hart (@hartformemphis) August 13, 2017
Bill Russell y’all!
“At this time & place for any African American, @KingJames @donlemon @RepMaxineWaters @repjohnlewis & #NFL plyrs to be criticised by @realdonaldtrump means you must be doing something… https://t.co/Vk8bHrt4ex
— Tomeka Hart (@hartformemphis) August 5, 2018
“1/4 Today’s wrongly decided Supreme Court validation of the Trump Admin travel ban directed at people of Muslim faith further chips away at the foundation of our democracy.”
— Tomeka Hart (@hartformemphis) June 27, 2018
— Tomeka Hart (@hartformemphis) November 5, 2017
Hart is 100 percent correct.
It is not like her to remain silent.
Especially when it comes to her contempt for the president.
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