A federal judge shouldn't bar longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone from making public statements about his criminal case in the Russian Federation investigation, his attorneys said Friday. Stone's arrest comes after he was charged with obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements.
His attorney pointed out that Stone's career is writing about politics and he is familiar to those following the U.S. politics, but argued that the consultant is "hardly ubiquitous in the larger landscape of popular consciousness". And Stone, who has pleaded not guilty, asks that the judge allow his case to be randomly assigned. He noted that prior restraints against free speech must be addressed with strict scrutiny, and that there must be "a clear and present danger to the seating of an impartial jury", in order to keep him from talking. But while he's known in some circles, Stone is nowhere near as famous as Kim Kardashian, his attorneys argued.
"An example of how limited and narrow his public presence is, is that Kim Kardashian has 59.5 million followers on Twitter", they added. Stone, meanwhile, has no Twitter presence (he was banned by the service in 2017).
Besides, Stone wants to be heard even while he's under indictment.
"Almost exactly one hour later, trucks with heavily-armed men arrive in front of Roger Stone's house".
Jackson was assigned Stone's case because of its relation to the hacking case in which she also presides.
"Are you familiar from public reports or otherwise that a CNN reporter was camped outside Stone's house when the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested him?" asked Republican Rep. Doug Collins. Owned by 21st Century Fox, FNC is available in more than 90 million homes and dominates the cable news landscape, routinely notching the top ten programs in the genre.
It is unclear when the judge will rule. The case is against Roger Jason Stone Jr.
"Roger Stone's middle name is Joseph, not Jason", the attorneys wrote to the judge.