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Politics Judge: No Godfather clip for Stone trial

19:45  21 october  2019
19:45  21 october  2019 Source:   politico.com

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Jurors at the upcoming trial of GOP political consultant Roger Stone won’t be treated to an in-court screening of a scene from a “ Godfather ” film that U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson sided with Stone ’s attorneys, who argued that showing the clip from the Mafia-themed 1974 Francis

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Jurors at the upcoming trial of GOP political consultant Roger Stone won’t be treated to an in-court screening of a scene from a “Godfather” film that prosecutors wanted to show, the judge overseeing the case ruled Monday.

Roger Stone wearing a suit and tie walking on a sidewalk: Roger Stone.© Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo Roger Stone.

U.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.

“The government will not be permitted to introduce the clip itself in its case in chief because the prejudicial effect of the videotape, which includes a number of extraneous matters, outweighs its probative value,” wrote Jackson, an appointee of President Barack Obama.

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The judge deferred ruling on whether to allow the government to screen the “ Godfather ” clip until Credico, a radio host, testifies at trial . At that point, Jackson said, any attempt by Stone ’s legal team to discredit his testimony may trigger a need for the jury to view the film. Jackson also held out ruling on

A federal judge charted out a partial course of what may be presented at the upcoming trial of former Trump adviser Roger Stone on Wednesday, including possible testimony from Steve Bannon, but declined to say whether a clip from "The Godfather : Part II” could be shown to a jury.

Jackson’s focus seemed to be on the visual impact of the evidence, however, as she said prosecutors are free to introduce a transcript of the four-minute scene, in which a character known as Frank Pentangeli or Frankie Five Angels backtracks on plans to give Congress incriminating testimony about the Corleone crime family.

The indictment against Stone returned in January alleges that he urged an associate—unnamed in the charges but known to be liberal activist and radio host Roger Credico—to “do a ‘Frank Pentangeli’” and alter his testimony to Congress about dealings the two men during the 2016 election relating to WikiLeaks, its founder Julian Assange and a trove of emails stolen from a top Clinton campaign official.

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The Justice Department and political operative Roger Stone 's attorneys are in a pre- trial legal battle on whether federal prosecutors can play a clip from The Godfather : Part II at Stone 's upcoming trial . Stone , who helped launch President Donald Trump's political career, was arrested earlier.

A federal judge charted out a partial course of what may be presented at the upcoming trial of former Trump adviser Roger Stone on Wednesday, including possible testimony from Steve Bannon, but declined to say whether a clip from "The Godfather : Part II" could be shown to a jury.

Stone has been a longtime adviser to President Donald Trump and was an official consultant at the outset of Trump’s last presidential bid, before the two formally parted company in August 2015. However, he continued to advise Trump informally during the remainder of the campaign and was regularly in touch with other campaign aides.

Stone has pleaded not guilty to the seven-felony-count indictment and is free on bond pending his trial, set to open in Washington Nov. 5.

Jackson’s order Monday did not completely close the door on use of the movie clip at the trial. She said that after the jury hears testimony from Credico, and Stone, if he chooses to testify, prosecutors can make another request to play the video if there is reason to do so.

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