Judge Sets Roger Stone Trial Date For November 5

Postado Março 16, 2019

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which stem from conversations he had during the campaign about WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy group that released material stolen from Democratic groups, including Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Stone has repeatedly tested the boundaries of the order since U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson silenced parties in this case last month, prompting her to warn the self-described "dirty trickster" of the "costs and consequences" of speaking publicly about the case, the court, or special counsel Robert Mueller.

The federal judge overseeing Roger Stone's case in Washington, D.C., set a trial a date for November 5 for the former political adviser to President Donald Trump on Thursday, but decided not to address the issue of the political provocateur's latest possible violation of a court-imposed gag order.

Stone had pleaded not guilty to seven charges of obstruction, lying to Congress and witness tampering, and was released on bail following his arrest seven weeks ago.

Also during the proceeding, Jackson did not punish Stone further for violating his terms of a gag order that had restricted him from discussing any aspect of the Mueller probe.

The judge left that issue unresolved on Thursday at the brief hearing.

Prior to setting the trial date, Judge Jackson lambasted Mr. Stone's attorneys for failing to tell her about their client's imminent publication of a controversial book mocking Mr. Mueller.

"There is no question that the order prohibited and continues to prohibit the defendant from making any public statements, using any medium, concerning the investigation", Jackson wrote to Stone last week, after his legal team first told her about the book's availability. "Having been scolded, we seek only to defend Mr". "I expect compliance", Judge Jackson said.

Stone has maintained his innocence and blasted the special counsel's investigation as politically motivated.