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Politics New York should prosecute Roger Stone (Opinion)

06:50  13 july  2020
06:50  13 july  2020 Source:   cnn.com

Roger Stone Asks Trump for Pardon Ahead of July 14 Prison Date

  Roger Stone Asks Trump for Pardon Ahead of July 14 Prison Date Republican operative Roger Stone made a naked appeal to President Donald Trump to grant him a pardon or commute his sentence before he starts a 40-month prison term on July 14. © Bloomberg Roger Stone arrives at federal court in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 20. “I want the president to know that I have exhausted all my legal remedies and that only an act of clemency will provide justice in my case and save my life!” Stone, 67, said in a statement sent by text Tuesday. Stone’s statement came after the U.S.

Roger J. Stone Jr. was found guilty on Friday of obstructing a congressional inquiry into Russia’s 2016 election interference.Credit Doug Mills/The New Together, the charges carry a maximum prison term of 50 years. In a last-minute bid for salvation, prosecutors said, Mr. Stone appealed to Mr

Opinion . Roger Stone , former adviser to President Trump Roger Stone , a longtime friend and adviser of President Donald Trump, at his home after Trump Roger Stone had been ordered to serve 40 months in prison before President Trump commuted his sentence.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

To almost no one's surprise, days before Roger Stone's prison sentence was about to begin, President Donald Trump has spared his long-time political crony from the pen — late Friday, Mr. Trump commuted Stone's sentence. It is time for New York prosecutors to answer this latest assault by Trump on the rule of law: They should ready a state prosecution of Stone.

Roger Stone wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a building: WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 13: Trump associate Roger Stone departs the courthouse for lunch during his trial on November 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. Stone has been charged for witness tampering, lying to and obstructing Congress, in a case that originated from the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Stone has pleaded not guilty to all charges.(Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images) © Mark Makela/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 13: Trump associate Roger Stone departs the courthouse for lunch during his trial on November 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. Stone has been charged for witness tampering, lying to and obstructing Congress, in a case that originated from the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Stone has pleaded not guilty to all charges.(Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images) a man wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: Gerald Lefcourt © Courtesy Gerald Lefcourt Gerald Lefcourt

Bringing a new case against Stone is possible thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Legislature for Assembly Bill 6653. Signed into law last October, AB6653 enables New York district attorneys to prosecute what effectively amounts to certain friends and family of any president who pardoned them for federal convictions. Among the people who can be prosecuted are associates with information relevant to a civil or criminal investigation of the president.

Facebook removes political disinformation accounts linked to President Trump's longtime ally Roger Stone

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Roger Stone reacts after Donald Trump commuted his federal prison sentence in Fort Lauderdale on Friday. Errol Louis is the host of "Inside City Hall," a nightly political show on NY 1, a New York Roger Stone , a longtime friend and adviser of President Donald Trump, at his home after Trump

Opinion . Roger Stone , former adviser to President Trump, leaves following a court hearing in Washington last year. Errol Louis is the host of "Inside City Hall," a nightly political show on NY 1, a New York all-news Roger Stone , a longtime friend and adviser of President Donald Trump, at his

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That would be Roger Stone.

Both of us have been criminal defense lawyers in New York for more than 40 years. It is not our habit to advocate prosecuting anyone. But we are defenders of our Constitution first. It is under assault.

Consider what has happened. A federal jury convicted Stone in November 2019 of witness tampering and lying to Congress in its investigation of Russia's election interference in 2016, including alleged collusion between Moscow and Mr. Trump's 2016 election campaign.

Stone's lies covered up his contacts with Wikileaks, which had dumped into the public domain thousands of documents that Russian intelligence hacked from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta.

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The New York Times. Trump Adds Roger Stone to His List of Pardons and Commutations. Roger Stone was targeted by an illegal Witch Hunt that never should have taken place. Roger Stone , a longtime friend and adviser of President Donald Trump, at his home after Trump commuted his

Opinion . Roger Stone , former adviser to President Trump, leaves following a court hearing in Washington last year. Errol Louis is the host of "Inside City Hall," a nightly political show on NY 1, a New York all-news Roger Stone , a longtime friend and adviser of President Donald Trump, at his

More importantly, as the judge sentencing Stone said in February: "He was not prosecuted, as some have complained, for standing up for the president. He was prosecuted for covering up for the president."

Two examples: In July 2016, immediately after a phone call with Stone, Trump told his deputy campaign chairman that "more information would be coming." That same month, following a call from Mr. Trump's phone line, Mr. Stone directed a colleague to "see Assange" -- a reference to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Stone's subsequent federal conviction for witness-tampering involved the testimony of his one-time friend, Randy Credico. Under oath to Congress in September 2017, Stone falsely denied having exchanged emails with Credico about Wikileaks.

The indictment states that Stone allegedly told Credico to "prepare to die," and that he should either avoid testifying by taking the Fifth Amendment, or he should do like the character in The Godfather Part II, Frank Pentangeli, and lie.

Trump Strongly Suggests Pardon for Longtime Friend Roger Stone Is Imminent: ‘His Prayer May Be Answered’

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Opinion . Roger Stone , former adviser to President Trump, leaves following a court hearing in Washington last year. Roger Stone was targeted by an illegal Witch Hunt that never should have taken place. Errol Louis is the host of "Inside City Hall," a nightly political show on NY 1, a New York

Roger Stone Leaves Courthouse After Sentencing. Roger J. Stone Jr., the Republican He was prosecuted for covering up for the president,” the judge said. In government inquiries, she added Then they appeared to back off, noting that the witness, a New York radio host named Randy Credico

Credico lives in New York. It is a felony under New York's Penal Code to intimidate a witness to prevent him from communicating incriminating information to a prosecutor by instilling a fear of physical injury. It is a misdemeanor to induce a witness to avoid testifying in a legal proceeding.

Of course, New York prosecutors would have to consider the Supreme Court's 1956 decision in Pennsylvania v. Nelson. There, the Court invalidated a state conviction for violating Pennsylvania's Sedition Act, holding it displaced by federal sedition statutes which "occupied the field."

In that case, however, Congress and the Executive Branch had treated seditious acts as a matter of purely national concern through the appropriation of vast sums to multiple federal agencies and a broad regulatory scheme. There were also sound reasons that federal courts alone had oversight to balance proper enforcement interests with individuals' right to dissent. Those factors are absent from a state prosecution for witness tampering.

Moreover, Stone's case presents narrow circumstances unique in our history. US presidents have broad powers to pardon and commute sentences. However, here we have federal law enforcement neutralized by a president's commutation rewarding the cover-up to protect Trump. A state prosecution would put on trial a man we know is guilty.

Far outweighing any legal risk of bringing Stone to justice in New York is the national benefit: Standing up for the rule of law, showing that it survives in the offices of state prosecutors, if not in the White House.

Judge in Roger Stone case asks if probation required after commuted prison sentence .
Jackson asked if Stone's get out of jail free card means also means he can skip the two-year period of supervised release that was part of his sentence. Trump commuted Stone’s 40-month prison sentence on Friday evening, just days before he was to report to prison. © Provided by New York Daily News Judge Amy Berman Jackson Judge Amy Berman Jackson (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/)Stone was convicted as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation with making false statements, tampering with a witness and obstructing lawmakers who were examining Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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