On Thursday, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst, argued that Roger Stone deserves a new trial after newly discovered tweets appear to show an “inherent bias” from a juror who voted to convict the longtime friend of President Donald Trump.
“[Stone is] absolutely entitled to a new trial with a member of a jury making these types of revelations about the politics involved in the decisions to prosecute him,” Napolitano said on “Fox & Friends.”
“It is the duty of the judge to ensure that both the government and defendant get a fair trial, and if the judge discovers afterward that there was a built-in inherent bias on the part of a member of a jury against the defendant, that is an automatic trigger for a new trial,” he later explained. “[U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson is] going to have to call those jurors back in and interrogate them or make a decision on the spot.”
That aspect comes after Tomeka Hart, a former Democratic congressional candidate, made it known on Wednesday that she served as foreperson on the jury that convicted Stone on obstruction charges in November.
Several of Hart’s anti-Trump tweets were then discovered, including a March tweet about the Mueller investigation, which led to the charges against Stone.
Ignoring the numerous indictments, guilty pleas, and convictions of people in 45’s inner-circle, some Republicans are asserting that the Mueller investigation was a waste of time because he hasn’t found evidence of… https://t.co/HxDodwFxFF
— Tomeka Hart (@hartformemphis) March 24, 2019
In January 2019, Hart also sent a since-deleted tweet of Stone’s arrest in a pre-dawn raid in Florida while sharing an article outlining his indictment. “Brought to you by the lock her up peanut gallery,” Hart wrote.
Look at her retweet about Roger Stone's arrest.
— Shem Horne (@Shem_Infinite) February 13, 2020
Four DOJ prosecutors resigned from the Stone case on Tuesday after Attorney General William Barr stepped in to recommend reducing the sentence they recommended for lying to Congress and witness tampering. They gave Stone, a 67-year-old man, a nine-year sentence, which could be a life sentence for him, over what amounts to process crimes.
Hart also shared a Facebook post with CNN on Wednesday in support of the four prosecutors, stating she “couldn’t stay silent any longer.”
According to her social media endeavors, I don’t think she ever did stay silent.
“I want to stand up for Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed, Michael Marando, and Jonathan Kravis — the prosecutors on the Roger Stone trial,” she wrote in the post. “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.”
Trump ripped on the judge for taking extreme measures in the past.
“Is this the Judge that put Paul Manafort in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, something that not even mobster Al Capone had to endure? How did she treat Crooked Hillary Clinton? Just asking!” Trump tweeted to his more than 72 million followers on Tuesday.
When you think about it, if the Democrats hadn’t fabricated the Russia collusion hoax, Stone would never have been called to testify. Okay, he lied under oath and should do some prison time, but nine years? From Stone’s perspective, he knew Donald Trump did nothing wrong, and he was trying to help his longtime friend.
So they gave Stone a 9-year prison sentence for lying to Congress. Where’s former Obama Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s 9-year sentence after he lied to Congress? Where’s former Obama CIA director John Brennan’s 9-year sentence after he lied to Congress about spying on the US Senate? Where is fired and disgraced former FBI director James Comey’s 9-year sentence for lying to Congress?
It seems that the DC swamp is serious about law and order… but only for friends of Donald Trump.