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She was Juror No. 1261, and her examination by the federal court and counsel before the trial was anything but notable. And that is precisely the problem.
Juror 1261, we now know, was Tomeka Hart. Her identity would have remained publicly unknown except for a public statement she made after the Department of Justice (DOJ) rescinded its initial sentencing recommendation for Trump confidant Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneBarr has tapped outside prosecutor to review case against Flynn: NYT Senate Dems blast Barr for 'clear violation' of duty in Stone case, urge him to resign The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump insists he can tweet about cases in rare break with Barr MORE. In the midst of the firestorm of allegations of political interference, Hart disclosed that she was the foreperson on the Stone jury and gave a full-throated defense of the trial prosecutors: “It pains me to see the DOJ now interfere with the hard work of the prosecutors.”
That statement led many people to Google her name, and what they found was a litany of postings not only hostile to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump declares war on hardworking Americans with new budget request Avenatti found guilty in Nike extortion trial First, we'll neuter all the judges MORE and his administration but also specifically commenting on Stone and his arrest — before she ever appeared for jury duty.
I have previously written about how I believe that the DOJ was correct in its rejection of the absurdly high recommendation of seven to nine years in prison for Stone. However, there are legitimate questions that must still be addressed on how the Justice Department came to that decision. Yet while cable shows exhaustively cover that story, there is an equally serious question as to whether the conviction itself, rather than the sentencing recommendation, should be reevaluated.
Hart is a Democratic activist and critic of the Trump administration. She was the Memphis City Schools board president. Not surprisingly, given her political background (including a run for Congress), Hart has been vocal in public on her views of Trump and his associates.
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RT @JohannJimCohen7: Juror 1261 in Roger Stone's case: Was justice undone? https://t.co/77YbMrPAF2
Juror 1261 in Roger Stone's case: Was justice undone? https://t.co/77YbMrPAF2
RT @JonathanTurley: It certainly seems Hart had no place on the Stone jury. The Supreme Court has repeatedly declared that the “minimal sta…