This judge does not take shit from anyone!
Courtesy of Politico:
A federal judge swung back at President Donald Trump on Tuesday over his heated criticism of the Roger Stone case, warning that the president’s commentary about his longtime associate’s conviction had helped fuel threats to the jury.
U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson cited Trump’s public comments and Twitter posts, as well as an accompanying campaign from the president’s conservative media allies to identify and critique the jury, as one of the reasons for her decision to clamp down on public access to a hearing on Stone’s request for a new trial.
“Any attempt to invade the privacy of the jurors or to harass or intimidate them is completely antithetical to our entire system of justice,” Jackson said before issuing a ruling that cleared the courtroom of any public spectators for a second, highly unusual hearing that featured testimony from the jury foreperson and two other members of the Stone jury.
Not long after Jackson made her remarks, Trump tweeted three times in rapid fashion about the judge and the Stone jury. “There has rarely been a juror so tainted as the forewoman in the Roger Stone case. Look at her background. She never revealed her hatred of ‘Trump’ and Stone,” he wrote in one post. “She was totally biased, as is the judge. Roger wasn’t even working on my campaign. Miscarriage of justice. Sad to watch!”
The president also posted comments from a conservative lawyer complaining that Stone’s jury wasn’t impartial and a link to a Fox News story with a headline suggesting Jackson’s bias “may have jeopardized the whole trial.”
I know that we are all supposed to be used to this by now, but that is never going to happen for me.
The president of the United States attacking a judge presiding over the case of one of his personal friends is so completely unprecedented that it almost seems surreal.
At this point, I have to imagine that Trump is simply trying to build a case to support his decison to ultimately pardon Roger Stone, by claiming that he did not receive a fair trial.
And doing it as clumsily as possible.