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Politics DOJ, Roger Stone at odds over showing ‘Godfather’ clip during trial

01:35  18 october  2019
01:35  18 october  2019 Source:   politico.com

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The Justice Department and Roger Stone ’s attorneys remain in a standoff over whether jurors should be shown a clip from “The Godfather , Part II” during the longtime Donald Trump associate’s upcoming trial . At issue is a four-minute scene from the 1974 movie in which a character named

Roger Stone and the Department of Justice have been sparring for a month over whether jurors can be shown a Longtime Republican strategist and former Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone wants a clip from "The Godfather Part II" to sleep with the fishes — at least during his upcoming trial .

The Justice Department and Roger Stone’s attorneys remain in a standoff over whether jurors should be shown a clip from “The Godfather, Part II” during the longtime Donald Trump associate’s upcoming trial.

Roger Stone wearing a suit and tie: Roger Stone.© Sait Serkan Gurbuz/AP Photo Roger Stone.

At issue is a four-minute scene from the 1974 movie in which a character named Frank Pentangeli backtracks from giving Congress damning testimony about the Corleone crime family.

Stone referenced the film scene to a key witness who was about to appear before lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. That makes it a “critical part” of the Justice Department’s case charging Stone with lying to Congress and obstruction of justice, the government said in a filing on Thursday.

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Former Trump associate Roger Stone rejected efforts by Justice Department attorneys to show clips from The Godfather II at his trial . | Roger Stone ’s lawyers asked a federal judge on Friday to put the kibosh on government prosecutors’ plans to show jurors a clip from “The Godfather , Part II” during

Prosecutors want to show a clip from "The Godfather Part II" at Roger Stone 's upcoming trial on perjury and obstruction charges, according to new court filings.

The department earlier this summer had asked U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson for permission to show the film scene during Stone’s trial, which is scheduled to start Nov. 5 in Washington and last at least two weeks.

But Stone’s lawyers objected, and during a pre-trial hearing last month maintained that the clip could prejudice the jury into making connections between the defendant and the Mafia. Jackson acknowledged their point and urged both sides to find an alternative.

In Thursday’s five-page filing, the Justice Department said those talks didn’t go well. Stone’s attorneys rejected a plan that would have involved jurors being read a jointly written statement describing the scene. Instead, they said, the film should come up only if witnesses talked about it during the trial.

“In the government’s view, this confirms the importance of playing the short scene for the jury,” the Justice Department prosecutors told Jackson. “That scene played a direct part in the very obstructive acts charged in this case.”

A breakdown in talks over the “Godfather” scene puts the issue back before Jackson, who is scheduled to hold another pre-trial conference one day before jury selection begins on Nov. 4.

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