Judge: No Godfather clip for Stone trial
Judge: No Godfather clip for Stone trialU.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson sided with Stone’s attorneys, who argued that showing the clip from the Mafia-themed 1974 Francis Ford Coppola film “Godfather II” could inflame jurors and unfairly introduce issues extraneous to the lying-to-Congress and witness-tampering charges against Stone.
Roger Stone is still raising funding for his defense days before his federal trial starts.
Stone, a longtime informal adviser to President Trump, attended an Oktoberfest event sponsored by the Florida Atlantic Conservative Team in Broward, Fla., Monday. There he fundraised for his defense while defending the president and criticizing Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), the South Florida Sun Sentinel .
The Sun Sentinel reported that more than 45,000 people across the country have donated to Stone's defense fund, which has reached two-thirds of its $3 million goal. At the event Stone also nearly sold out of his book, "Stone's Rules: How to Win at Politics, Business, and Style."
Trial days away, Health Department report finds Jarrod Ramos legally sane
The judge in the Capital Gazette mass shooting case said a Maryland Health Department report found Jarrod Ramos is legally sane. This was the last pretrial hearing before jury selection begins next week, and 11 News got a look at how each side plans to approach an insanity defense. In Maryland, it is a plea of not criminally responsible. It is the crux of the Capital Gazette shooting case. It came up in conversation at Monday's pretrial hearingThis was the last pretrial hearing before jury selection begins next week, and 11 News got a look at how each side plans to approach an insanity defense. In Maryland, it is a plea of not criminally responsible. It is the crux of the Capital Gazette shooting case.
The Hill reached out to Stone for comment.
Stone did not speak about his case at the event, as he is under a gag order that prevents him from discussing the trial set to begin Nov. 5 in Washington, D.C.
He has attempted to fight the gag order, but federal appeals court judges his petition last week. Stone repeatedly violated the gag order earlier in the summer with social media posts and news interviews, prompting a federal judge to expand the order to cover all social media platforms.
Stone faces charges of witness tampering, obstruction and false statements for his involvement in the Democratic National Convention email leak in 2016. He was indicted as part of former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation in January.
At Monday's event Stone described the impeachment inquiry launched by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as a "danger to the president" and a "manic drive by the left-wing Democrats and their handmaidens in the mainstream media to remove him," according to the Sun Sentinel.
He also jabbed Romney by suggesting he is trying to prepare for another presidential run.
"So, Mitt, there's no market, there's no vacuum and there's no interest," he said, according to the Sun Sentinel. "You had two chances. We followed you down the road and you led us to defeat."
Stone associate denies being 'backchannel' to WikiLeaks .
Radio host and political activist Randy Credico denied in court on Thursday that he had ever served as an intermediary between Roger Stone and WikiLeaks, as Stone told Congress in 2017.Credico appeared on the stand Thursday in Stone's trial over charges of lying to Congress and witness tampering to say that he did not have any inside knowledge about WikiLeaks' plans to release emails stolen from Hillary Clinton's top campaign aide just ahead of the 2016 election.