Judge Issues Gag Order On Roger Stone


Today a federal judge ordered limited gag order for longtime Trump associate Roger Stone.

“Counsel for the parties and the witnesses must refrain from making statements to the media or in public settings that pose a substantial likelihood of material prejudice to this case,” Judge Amy Berman Jackson said.

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“There will be no additional restrictions imposed on the defendant’s public statements or appearances at this time, although this order may be amended in the future…if necessary,” Jackson’s order states. “This order should not be interpreted as modifying or superseding the condition of the defendant’s release that absolutely prohibits him from communicating with any witness in the case, either directly or indirectly. Nor does this order permit the defendant to intimidate or threaten any witness, or to engage or attempt to engage in any conduct in violation of [U.S. Code.]”

She added: “Finally, while it is not up to the Court to advise the defendant as to whether a succession of public statements would be in his best interest at this time, it notes that one factor that will be considered in the evaluation of any future request for relief based on pretrial publicity will be the extent to which the publicity was engendered by the defendant himself.” More

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson forbid attorneys for both Robert Mueller and Roger Stone from “making statements to the media or in public settings that pose a substantial likelihood of material prejudice to this case.” She additionally wants “to maintain the dignity and seriousness of the courthouse and these proceedings.”

She also said that Roger Stone is not allowed to speak about the case in or around the courthouse. She has not imposed additional restrictions on Stone but left the option open.

 

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