United States District Judge Amy Berman Jackson denied a motion requesting a new trial for Roger Stone, the convicted former adviser to President Donald Trump, in a Thursday ruling. Court documents show that Stone must appear in person “at the instution designated by the Bureau of Prisons” within 14 days to serve out his sentence. Stone is currently on bond.
Stone was found guilty in 2019 of obstructing an investigation conducted by Congress, witness tampering and making false statements to the U.S. Government in relation to alleged meddling in the 2016 election by Russia.
Legal counsel for Stone requested a new trial after the foreperson of the jury, Tomeka Hart, was revealed to have posted anti-Trump sentiments on her social media pages. Allegations were also made that Hart lied on her jury application to appear as if she were not biased against Republicans.
Prosecutors originally recommended a sentence of up to nine years for Stone. However, after indications from the Department of Justice that Stone’s sentence could be lightened, the prosecution team resigned. Stone was eventually sentenced to 40 months in prison.
Hart, who had remained anonymous, came forward in defense of the prosecutors in February.
“It pains me to see the DOJ now interfere with the hard work of the prosecutors,” Hart wrote. “They acted with the utmost intelligence, integrity, and respect for our system.”
Judge Jackson’s decision concluded that Hart had done no wrong and “did not engage in misconduct during the trial.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.