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Roger Stone’s contempt for justice: Darcy cartoon

February 20, 2019

Roger Stone’s contempt for justice: Darcy cartoon

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Thursday Roger Stone will appear in a hearing before Judge Amy Berman Jackson to try and explain how he did not violate a gag order and terms of his release by posting a threatening photo of Judge Jackson on Instagram.

Monday, Stone posted a picture of Jackson with a rifle’s crosshairs next to her head. The photo was captioned with the following message to his Instagram followers.

“Through legal trickery Deep State hitman Robert Mueller has guaranteed that my upcoming show trial is before Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointed Judge who dismissed the Benghazi charges against Hillary Clinton and incarcerated Paul Manafort prior to his conviction for any crime. #fixisin.  Help me fight for my life at @StoneDefenseFund.com”

Before deleting the entire post and his attorneys filing a formal apology in court, Stone first tried re-posting the photo without the crosshairs, blamed  a volunteer for the picture selection, then attempted to explain it away as a misinterpretation.

“A photo of Judge Jackson posted on my Instagram has been misinterpreted.  This was a random photo taken from the Internet.  Any inference that this was meant to  somehow threaten the Judge or disrespect court is categorically false.”

“What some say are cross hairs are in fact the logo of the organization that originally posted it something called corruption central.  They use the logo in many photos.

In the formal apology filed in court, Stone wrote:

“Please inform the Court that the photograph and comment today was improper and should not have been posted. I had no intention of disrespecting the Court and humbly apologize to the Court for the transgression.”

Stone told The Washington Post that a volunteer had created the post at his direction.  Who was the volunteer? Don Jr.?

Paul Manafort was remanded to jail by Judge Jackson after it was found he attempted to tamper with witnesses.   

Following his convictions in two cases, Manafort faces prison sentences of 19 to 24 years in both.   

You would have thought that seeing what happened to Manafort would make Stone think twice about authorizing the threatening and inciting Jackson post, it did not.

Manafort’s attempted witness tampering, communicating with the Trump administration and Ukraine while under his plea deal, and Stone’s Instagram post, all follow a pattern of Trump and his associates thinking they’re above the law and can outsmart prosecutors.   One by one they are finding out that’s not the case.

Stone is in blatant contempt of court.  His conditional release should be revoked.  Lock him up!