A few minutes ago, Judge Amy Berman-Jackson denied a motion to delay Roger Stone’s sentencing hearing after he decided, after the fact, that having a black, female Democrat as the foreperson of his jury was bad and moved for a new trial. Trump has been stinking up Twitter all morning, decrying the unfairness of having a black, female Democrat on one’s jury. If only we could go back to the good old days when only white men could be on juries, because only white men could vote.
Trump should just pardon Stone and get it over with, but I guess he’s building a white resentment case for the forever-whining MAGA hat snowflakes whose special God-given privileges are always being taken away by people of color who have the temerity to expect the same rights, privileges and respect as a white person.
The answer to the question “Has Trump Gone Too Far?” has been a resounding “no” for the last three years, but this is interesting:
The head of the Federal Judges Association is taking the extraordinary step of calling an emergency meeting to address the intervention in politically sensitive cases by President Trump and Attorney General William P. Barr.
U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe, the Philadelphia-based judge who heads the voluntary association of around 1,100 life-term federal judges, told USA Today that the issue “could not wait.” The association, founded in 1982, ordinarily concerns itself with matters of judicial compensation and legislation affecting the federal judiciary.
I think anyone who thinks that Barr will quit over this is living on the edge of reality, but I guess it could happen if the federal judiciary has a quiet revolt led by a GWB appointee.
According to the legal experts on Twitter (ha!), Stone has no case for a new trial since the juror disclosed that she had run for office as a Democrat in the past, and his crack(head) legal team didn’t bump her from the jury. But those same legal experts also say that Stone will probably be able to delay going into the hoosegow while his appeal is active. So, good news for Roger, I guess.