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BREAKING: Federal Judge Makes Ruling in Roger Stone Instagram Controversy

It was just earlier this week that former Trump Campaign aide Roger Stone posted a photo of Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Instagram, along with an image of a crosshairs, in what many people on social media believed to be a veiled threat.  Judge Jackson is overseeing Stone’s case and had previously issued a partial gag order against the talkative political consultant.

Photo credit: Lizzie Ochoa

After this incident occurred, Judge Jackson ordered Stone to “show cause at a hearing to be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 2;30 p.m. as to why the media contact order entered in this case and/or his conditions of release should not be modified or revoked in light of the posts on his Instagram account on or about February 18, 2019.”

At 2:30 p.m. today, Stone appeared before the judge and was showcased with a photo of his much criticized Instragram post, labeled as “Exhibit 1,” according to Ryan J. Reilly of the Huffington Post.

During the hearing, Reilly reports that Stone took the stand and explained, “I believe I abused the order, for which I am heart fully sorry. I am kicking myself over my own stupidity… I offer no excuse for it, no justification… This is just a stupid lapse in judgment… My apology is sincere and it it heartfelt.”

Stone then went on to apologize yet again, calling it an egregious mistake, and admitted that he talks too much.  He told Judge Jackson that he’s under tremendous pressure and is having a hard time affording food and housing.

Judge Jackson, according to Reilly, asked Stone, “How hard was it to come up with a photograph that doesn’t have crosshairs in the corner?”

Stone admitted that it was improper for him to post the image, let alone criticize the judge at all, saying “I have no rationalization or excuse.”

When questioned, Stone could not say who had sent him the photo, but simply said it was one of his many volunteer assistants. He also could not recollect if it was sent to him via text or email.  At one point, according to Reilly, Stone claimed that he does not exclusively use his own cell phone, saying he has five or six volunteers working for him.  When asked for their names, he was unable to provide the judge with all of the details.

Judge Jackson told Stone that the choices he made were “deliberate,” before continuing to say that he “decided to pursue a strategy of attacking others.”

Jackson then told Stone that his apology “rings quite hollow,” and that his release poses a risk to the public, before placing a gag order on him, limiting him from speaking at all about his case.



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