A federal judge warned on Monday of possible violence in the case against Donald Trump’s former adviser Roger Stone. “This trial may be historic, but it should be conducted in a way that will protect the integrity of this process and the constitutional rights of Mr. Stone and the jurors,” U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson told a packed courthouse. Jackson warned that the jurors could feel intimidated by the presence of President Trump or anyone else at trial.
The prosecution’s case against Stone, who is accused of lying to Congress, obstruction, and witness tampering, opened with a bold presentation by prosecutors. Stone’s attorney, meanwhile, claimed that the evidence against his client was thin. Judge Jackson will decide Stone’s fate over the next few months.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson
Berman Jackson surprised both sides on Monday, pointing out that jurors must be assured they will be able to function in a gallery filled with hundreds of reporters and observers. She stressed that prospective jurors will be dismissed if they are too upset.
Judge refers to all of the Feds involved in Mr. Stone case as"snake people". That includes DOJ prosecutors, DOJ special counsel lawyers, the FBI agents, a prosecutor from the U.S. attorney's office in SDNY, also a defense attorney, numerous reporters, protesters and press gaggles in the area. — Dominic Holden () February 26, 2019
Today's hearing may be one of the most eventful trial confirmations we've seen.
Perhaps the E.R. should just bring a beeper in to the court... — Dominic Holden () February 26, 2019
The DA’s office couldn’t find jurors who weren’t affected by all the media and protesters in the area, while the attorneys said it was hard to find jurors who weren’t affected by the crowd. Judge Jackson acknowledges those concerns.