Roger Stone demands a NEW trial after the foreman of the revelation jury has posted about his arrest
Tomeka Hart revealed on Wednesday that she chaired the Roger Stone jury
Roger Stone demanded a new trial Friday in a dramatic new turn in his prosecution – after the jury chairperson was revealed as an anti-Donald Trump democratic congress candidate who had posted about Stone’s arrest for his case.
Stone submitted a sealed motion to which the Justice Ministry had to respond Tuesday, two days before he was convicted.
The Washington Post reported that the motion was a request for a new trial, which is his second attempt to overcome the outcome of his trial.
Stone was convicted on seven points, including witnessing tampering and lying to Congress.
Trump had seized the revelations and said on Thursday that the jury member “had a considerable bias.”
The foreman, Tomeka Hart, revealed her identity in a Facebook post where she defended the federal prosecutors who were handling the case – after Trump had publicly attacked them this week.
The president tweeted on Thursday in the midst of a commotion in Congress about his interventions in the Stone case: “Now it seems that the front person in the jury, in the Roger Stone case, had a lot of bias. Add that to everything else, and this doesn’t look good for the ‘Justice’ department. @foxandfriends @FoxNews, “he wrote.
The explosion of Trump came after he was on Tuesday after the judge overseeing Stone’s case, Amy Berman Jackson.
“Is this the judge who placed Paul Manafort in SOLITARY CONFIRMATION, something that even gangster Al Capone should not have tolerated?” Trump wrote. “How did she treat Crooked Hillary Clinton? I’m just asking!’
He also overturned the nine-year sentence recommended by a team of federal prosecutors – an action that preceded the extraordinary reversal of the Ministry of Justice and the submission of a new sentencing memorandum to the judge who did not recommend imprisonment .
After the turn, four career prosecutors were removed from the case, and one left his position completely.
Hart wrote that she decided to end her “silence” on the case to “stand up” for the four prosecutors, whose decision to withdraw was seen as a clear protest.
Amid the turmoil and Democrats who say President Trump is acting against the rule of law following his acquittal of accusations in the Senate, Attorney General Bill Barr has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee next month and to report a one-year absence to break.
Trump digs at the Department of Justice – put his name in quotation marks – came the day after he saluted the office for reversing after his complaints.
“The fact is that Roger Stone was treated terribly and so many other people, their lives were destroyed,” Trump smelled together with the President of Ecuador in the Oval Office.
“You have murderers and drug addicts – they don’t get nine years.” Nine years to do something that nobody can even define what he did. Someone said he released a tweet. And the tweet, that’s what you base it on. We have murderers, we have murderers everywhere, nothing happens. And then they put a man in prison and destroy his life, his family, his wife, his children. Nine years in prison is a shame. ”
Earlier, Trump praised Bill Barr for being “in charge” of the Roger Stone case.
He denied that he spoke with the Ministry of Justice, although he added: “I could do it if I wanted to. I have the absolute right to do it. I stay out of things to a degree that people would not believe. “
“But I didn’t talk to them. I thought the (original) recommendation was ridiculous, I thought the whole prosecution was ridiculous, “Trump ventured.
Trump’s final move comes after Hart was revealed as a failed Democratic candidate for Congress and an activist firmly opposed to President Donald Trump.
Tomeka Hart, a former president of the Board of Directors of Memphis City Schools, emerged on Wednesday as Stone’s jury chairman in a Facebook post, in which he expressed support for prosecutors in the case.
Heart confirmed The Daily Memphian that she wrote the Facebook message, but she refused an interview with the newspaper.
Stone supporters were shocked when an assessment of Hart’s messages on social media revealed that she had posted the dramatic arrest of Stone on Twitter before taking her place in the jury, often denouncing Trump, including calling the president and his supporters are racists.
It is unclear whether Stone’s political views and the history of social media were revealed during the jury’s choice, which could possibly raise questions about fairness that could influence the judgment on appeal.
Hart (left) is seen with former chairman of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile
Hart returned a message about the arrest of Stone in January 2019, months before the trial
Hart emerged in the midst of controversy over the conviction of Stone, after the four prosecutors withdrew in response to Trump criticizing the government’s recommendation to sentence Stone to nine years in prison.
Trump has said that the prosecution of his former campaign advisor Stone prosecution for obstruction, false statements and tampering with witnesses has been handled in a way that was “ridiculous” and “insult to our country.”
“I’ve been silent for months. Initially it was for my safety. Then I decided to remain silent for fear of politicizing the matter, “said Hart in her Facebook message on Wednesday.
“But I can no longer remain silent. I want to stand up for Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed, Michael Marando and Jonathan Kravis – the prosecutors in the Roger Stone trial, “wrote Hart, referring to the prosecutors who resigned in protest.
“It hurts me to see that the DOJ is now interfering with the hard work of the prosecutors. They acted with the utmost intelligence, integrity and respect for our legal system. For that, I wanted to stand up for them and ask you to accompany me in thanking them for their services, “she said.
Stone was convicted of lying to Congress and witnessing tampering. Trump has pronounced the two-month sentence for a former Senate intelligence officer who advocated lying to FBI investigators
Trump congratulated Barr for “taking charge” of the Roger Stone case. Stone is an old political adviser for Trump who wanted to get prosecutors up to nine years old because he lied about his contacts with WikiLeaks
Hart went to Congress in 2012 as a democrat in vain and is an activist who participated in anti-Trump meetings and protests
Hart went to Congress in 2012 as a democrat in vain and is an activist who participated in anti-Trump meetings and protests.
Immediately, journalists and Trump supporters began searching Hart’s social media history and found a whole host of anti-Trump feelings.
Independent journalist Mike Cernovich was the first to report on Hart’s extensive history of anti-Trump social media messages.
In January 2019, Hart also tweeted a message from expert Bakari Sellers to mock Stone’s arrest, suggesting racism was upset about the use of force in the FBI’s armed raid on his house.
Months later, Hart was made boisterous in the Stone jury. On the day the jury sentenced him, she placed emojis of hearts and fist pumps.
In the meantime, it turned out that the American district judge Amy Berman Jackson had rejected a request for defense to bring a possible jury member into the case, an Obama-era press officer with admitted anti-Trump views.
The husband of that jury member worked in the same division of the Ministry of Justice that handled the probe that led to the prosecution of Stone.
Another juror from Stone, Seth Cousins, donated to former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke and other progressive goals, federal election reports judged by Fox news show.