Roger Stone raises First Amendment concerns in fighting possible gag-order

Leroy Wright
February 11, 2019

But in a separate filing Friday, Stone argued prosecutors have not produced sufficient evidence to show the relation of the two cases.

His speech shouldn't be restricted, because his lifeblood is writing and speaking about politics and fashion, his attorneys say.

Mr. Stone, 66, was arrested last month in connection with a criminal indictment charging him with seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering related to the government's attempt to investigate alleged Russian Federation interference in the 2016 USA presidential race.

Stone faces charges of making false statements to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's role in the 2016 US election and whether Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow.

Jackson raised the issue last week after she warned Stone not to treat his criminal case like a "book tour".

Roger Stone's attorneys says that his comments don't merit a "clear and present danger to a fair trial".

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"An example of how limited and narrow his public presence is, is that Kim Kardashian has 59.5 million followers on Twitter", they added. "Roger Stone's Instagram following amounts to 39 thousand subscribers", his attorney wrote.

Stone emerged a short time later, put his hands up, and turned around as an agent placed him in handcuffs.

Stone was arrested last month as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

In filing later Friday, prosecutors said they wouldn't oppose Jackson issuing a "narrowly-tailored" gag order that seeks to keep Stone from using media coverage to his advantage in the court case.

In Stone's indictment, prosecutors alleged that after the initial release of stolen Democratic emails on July 22, 2016, "a senior Trump campaign official was directed to contact Stone about any additional releases and what other damaging information Organization 1" had regarding the Clinton campaign.

Moscow has repeatedly denied the allegations. He has said that he had no advance knowledge of what material WikiLeaks held and that predictions he made about the group's plans were based on Assange's public comments and tips from associates. "It's called politics, and they haven't criminalized it, at least not yet", Stone said a week ago on ABC's "This Week".

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