Roger Stone, a longtime associate of President Trump who was convicted lying to Congress and witness tampering last year, said he didn’t receive a fair trial because of anti-Trump bias among the jurors.
“I learned when I got into the DC circuit jury system that I’m not going to be judged by a jury of my peers. I’m going to be judged by people who admit in the jury selection process that they despise Donald Trump. That they want him removed,” Stone told John Catsimatidis on his AM 970 show in an interview that aired Sunday.
“I did not get a fair trial. I’m not sure I could ever have gotten one in DC. It wouldn’t have mattered if I had Clarence Darrow representing me. I’m not sure I could have been acquitted given this set up,” he continued.
US District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, a President Barack Obama appointee, sentenced Stone to serve a 40-month term in federal prison in February after a jury in November found the self-described dirty trickster of seven felony counts, including lying to Congress about the Russia investigation.
Last week she denied Stone’s request for a new trial because the jury’s forewoman, Tomeka Hart, was biased against the president.
Jackson said Stone’s lawyers had failed to prove Hart was biased or that any of the jurors acted inappropriately.
“The assumption underlying the motion – that one can infer from the juror’s opinions about the President that she could not fairly consider the evidence against the defendant – is not supported by any facts or data and it is contrary to controlling legal precedent,” Jackson wrote in her decision.
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