Republican operative and longtime friend of President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, is back in a D.C. courtroom to face U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson.
As the News Blender reported on Tuesday, Stone’s attorney’s apologized to the Court for “clumsily” handling the reprinted 2017 Stone book release and its new introduction that is highly critical of Special Counsel Roger Stone.
Judge Jackson as the News Blender reported in February was slapped with a more restrictive gag-order, following his indictment in January, over a controversial image Stone posted on Instagram. Stone nor his attorney’s informed the Court at the time of the impending book release.
As the hearing is underway, so far, Judge Jackson has signaled she is not dwelling on the book release, but according to BuzzFeed News reporter Zoe Tillman, Judge Jackson is not impressed with Stone’s attorney’s explanation for not informing the court of the impending release.
For more live tweeting options see Courthouse News reporter Britain Eakin.
It was a very short hearing, the Judge is still making her decision as to whether or not the book release violates the gag-order from February.
What we learned:
Courthouse News Britain Eakin reports that Judge Jackson has scheduled Stone’s trial for November 5th, 2019.
And that's a wrap folks. A shortie today. Motions to dismiss are due April 12, oppositions due May 3. Any motions to suppress are due May 10, opposition due May 31. Jackson wants to do a jury questionnaire as they did w/Manafort, which she said made selection "more fair."— Britain Eakin (@BritainEakin) March 14, 2019
BuzzFeed News reporter Zoe Tillman reported that Stone’s motion to dismiss is due by April 12th, and several other motion due dates. Stone is due back in court April 30th, for another status hearing.