Roger Stone’s Attorneys Argue Against Potential Gag Order

Clay Curtis
February 11, 2019

In filing later Friday, prosecutors said they wouldn't oppose Jackson issuing a "narrowly-tailored" gag order that seeks to keep Stone from using media coverage to his advantage in the court case.

Roger Stone is trying a new tactic in arguing against a federal judge who may restrict what he says in public: He's claiming he's not much of a celebrity.

Addressing a flurry of media appearances made by Mr. Stone in the aftermath of his arrest and release, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson cautioned him during a status hearing last week against treating the case like a "book tour" and acknowledged the possibility of imposing a gag order effectively preventing him from discussing it publicly.

His attorney pointed out that Stone's career is writing about politics and he is familiar to those following the United States politics, but argued that the consultant is "hardly ubiquitous in the larger landscape of popular consciousness".

"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 then argued why there could be no such danger, because while he's well-known in political circles and by those who follow politics, his fame is nothing compared to Kim Kardashian. "Roger Stone's Instagram following amounts to 39 thousand subscribers", his attorney wrote.

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Stone's lawyers also filed an objected to Jackson presiding over the case considering her involvement in other Mueller indictments, Politico reports.

More agents came via boat behind Stone's home. And she's had no proceedings to handle yet in the Russian hacking case, since the Russian defendants have not been arrested.

It is unclear when the judge will rule. He is charged with lying about his attempts to reach WikiLeaks as it planned to publish documents stolen by the Russians in 2016.

The show of force has prompted criticism of the tactics of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office. Prosecutors will respond to him about this next week.

"Roger Stone is a writer and a speaker", wrote his defense team in a filing signed by Bruce S. Rogow and L. Peter Farkas. Stone's lawyers have alleged CNN, lurking in the shadows at the time of the raid, were tipped off beforehand and that at least one reporter allegedly had a draft copy of Stone's indictment before he appeared in court.

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