Roger Stone jury forewoman grilled by defense amid allegations of bias
Added 02-25-20 08:23:02pm EST - “The forewoman at the center of allegations of jury bias in Roger Stone's case took the stand on Tuesday, defending herself during a grilling by the defense team as it seeks a new trial.” - Washingtonexaminer.com
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The forewoman at the center of allegations of jury bias in Roger Stone’s case took the stand on Tuesday, defending herself during a grilling by the defense team as it seeks a new trial.
“These are very unique circumstances here. It is unprecedented … There is a very public ongoing effort to discredit not just the prosecution but the jurors themselves,” presiding Judge Amy Berman Jackson said. “In an abundance of caution, and given the unique circumstances, I am going to ask a limited series of questions from some jurors. … I’m not going to let you engage in a fishing expedition.”
The courtroom gallery was cleared and the video feed were cut off, but the audio was piped through to the media room, and the hearing was held largely on the record, with the identities of the jurors shielded.
The controversy surrounding juror Tomeka Hart, a former Democratic congressional candidate, kicked into high gear earlier this month when it was revealed she shared anti-Trump posts on social media, which resulted in Stone’s lawyers filing a motion for a retrial prior to his sentencing last week.
“It is my strong opinion that the forewoman of the jury, the woman who was in charge of the jury, is totally tainted,” Trump said after Stone’s 40-month sentence was handed down.
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