Roger Stone had been sentenced on Feb. 20 to 40 months in jail for lying to Congress and witness tampering. One could be pardoned for giggling at the notion that lying to Congress is recognized as criminal, of course, and it is undoubtedly a charge brought arbitrarily against people who are guilty of it. Stone's greatest transgression, it appears, is being a link and supporter of President Donald Trump. The sentence itself is remarkable and will undoubtedly deliver visceral responses from both sides of the political divide.
For Donald Trump's detractors, 40 months is going to be regarded as much too lenient. The particular truth that it is exactly in accordance with the modified Department of Justice endorsement – overriding the originally suggested seven to nine years – will more than likely bring howls of outrage from Democrats, who will declare the DOJ rigged the sentencing out of deference to the President himself.
The very last say, though, is with Judge Amy Berman Jackson. A judge does not have to go by the Justice Department's suggestion. Jackson voiced her obvious dislike of Stone before sentencing. Berating the defendant at some measurement, she mentioned: “T” e dismay and disgust at the defendant' belligerence should transcend party,” “based on one media report.
A Sentence To Disappoint Both Sides
For the President's supporters, Stone's punishment is another case of Trump loyalists becoming persecuted as individuals that worked to take down the President escape justice, having committed the same or, occasionally, a lot more critical crimes, such as misleading a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
The saga is not really quite through, though. Stone's attorneys have asked for a new trial after the identifying that the foreperson of Stone' jury, Tomeka Hart, is a Democratic operative who despises the President and those associated with him.
Numerous observers feel the President is almost certainly taking into consideration a pardon or commutation for Stone, although Trump himself has neither proved nor refused that chance. Responding to the original sentencing memo, Trump expressed his disagreement on Twitter, detailing as extreme the potential that Stone could get up to nine years. The just over three years that Stone deals with, then, might have been Judge Jackson' say of stripping the President of a legitimate reason for handing down a pardon.