Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Thursday ordered President Donald Trump’s former political adviser Roger Stone to stop speaking publicly about Robert Mueller’s criminal case against him, or else he will be sent to jail pending trial.
He agreed to do that, but he neglected to tell the judge about his upcoming “tell all” book that is critical of her.
Late last night The Washington Post reported that:
“Jackson has ordered Stone’s attorneys to explain why they failed to tell her before now about the imminent publication of a book that could violate his gag order by potentially criticizing the judge or prosecutors with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.”
“The order … came barely eight days after Jackson barred Stone from speaking publicly about his case, prompted by a photo posted on Stone’s Instagram account that placed a crosshairs next to a photo of Jackson’s head.”
Clearly Jackson is very upset at Stone. She pointed out in her order that he could have and should have brought up his upcoming book during his recent hearings involving his gag order.
Judge Jackson is demanding that Roger Stone explain his book stunt by this Monday, March 4th. The question is whether she’ll revoke Roger Stone’s bail on Monday, which would result in Stone either being thrown in jail or placed under house arrest. The decision is based solely on her personal judgment, and she has complete discretion in the matter.
Stone did apologize last week for abusing Jackson’s trust, and he did humble himself by asking for a second chance. Clearly he does not want to go to jail.
But Jackson said when she imposed the gag order on February 21 that it would be “foolhardy” to wait for Stone to violate her order again. She told him that she had “serious doubts whether you’ve learned any lesson at all.” And she warned him that she would order him to jail for future violations.
Although Stone has been released on an unsecured personal recognizance bond and allowed to travel between South Florida, Washington and New York City, that may be coming to an end.
And Roger Stone’s time as a free man may also be coming to an end very soon.
I am a lifelong Democrat with a passion for social justice and progressive issues. I have degrees in writing, economics and law from the University of Iowa.