Our latest episode of As the Stone Turns finds the then-candidate Trump informal adviser and longtime friend Roger Stone heading to a D.C. courtroom where he is expected to learn his sentencing fate.
As the News Blender reported last week, President Impeached issued several early morning tweets and retweets lamenting the Department of Justice’s sentencing memo encouraging D.C. Judge Amy Berman Jackson to sentence Stone for no less than 7 years to 9 years in prison.
Following the early morning tweets by President Impeached, the DOJ announced they would be offering a new sentencing memo, that move led four prosecutors to inform Judge Jackson of their intent to withdraw from the Stone case.
President Impeached was not content in bashing his Department of Justice, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian Election Interference Investigation, and Judge Jackson herself. Last Thursday, the now Impeached President took to Twitter to bash the Stone juror foreperson.
Following his attack on a private citizen who did her civic duty, Stone petitioned the court for a new trial, citing juror bias as a reason. Judge Jackson called a special conference in which she stated that Stone would be sentenced on Thursday morning as planned prior to the President Impeached sticking his tweets where they don’t belong.
BREAKING: Judge Jackson plans to sentence Roger Stone as planned Thursday.— Megan Mineiro (@MMineiro_CNS) February 18, 2020
“I think that delaying this sentence would not be a prudent thing to do under all the circumstances."
President Impeached weighed-in on the Stone case once more late Wednesday following his Phoenix, Arizona rally.
The above tweet is currently his pinned tweet. A pinned tweet is the first tweet a person will see when visiting a Twitter feed.
Stone was convicted in fall of 2019, for lying to Congress, Obstructing a Congressional Investigation and for tampering with witnesses. The DOJ did not offer their opinion on what Stone should receive as prison time in the new sentencing memo.
For What It’s Worth:
Stone is going to be sentenced today. Please bear in mind that most defense lawyers and many judges believe that the Sentencing Guidelines are too high and so it would not be surprising if Stone received a sentence that was shorter than the Guidelines range of 7 to 9 years. 1/3— HarrySandick (@HarrySandick) February 20, 2020
In the District of Columbia, recent data shows that judges are sentencing within the Guidelines range only 31% of the time. In roughly 26% of all cases, the court is going beneath the range even where the government is not supporting this variance from the Guidelines. 2/3— HarrySandick (@HarrySandick) February 20, 2020
So if Stone gets a sentence below the range, it does not mean that the judge is caving into pressure. More likely it means that the judge doesn't think that a sentence within the range is needed to achieve the purposes of sentencing–which is what the law requires her to do. 3/3— HarrySandick (@HarrySandick) February 20, 2020
Postscript: Table 8 of the link below has the cited data on sentencing below the Guidelines range: https://t.co/j5QzSgguaT— HarrySandick (@HarrySandick) February 20, 2020
Just arrived at DC Federal District Court for the Roger Stone sentencing. It’s a bit of a circus. Trucks circling the block flashing pictures of Bill Barr together with the phrase, “Remember Your Oath.” And then there’s this: pic.twitter.com/Ej8hBAtyKQ— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) February 20, 2020
Roger Stone is definitely a look pic.twitter.com/ymhNewUfDT— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 20, 2020
NEW: Roger Stone arrives at a DC courthouse for expected sentencing on his conviction for witness tampering and lying to Congress. A few onlookers yelled "Traitor!" at him as entered the building. https://t.co/hQObmjkcfA pic.twitter.com/1QQxwc7jla— ABC News (@ABC) February 20, 2020
As a reminder there are no video feeds for the hearing, but several Twitter users including Brandi Buchman with Courthouse News will provide updates from inside the courtroom.
This post will be updated after court concludes the Sentencing of Stone.