On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson refused to delay Roger Stone’s sentencing amid the fallout over Donald Trump’s decision to intervene in the case against his longtime ally.
The sentencing will move forward on Thursday at its originally scheduled time, the judge said, despite a new effort from Stone’s defense team to get a new trial.
“I think that delaying this sentence would not be a prudent thing to do under all of the circumstances,” Jackson, an Obama appointee during a telephone conference with the two sides.
The original team of prosecutors withdrew from the case last week after the Justice Department reduced their sentencing recommendation of seven to nine years in prison for Stone, who was convicted in November of lying to Congress and witness tampering.
It’s unclear what grounds Stone’s legal team is citing in its request for a new trial, but right-wing Stone supporters seized on posts from Tomeka Hart, who served as foreperson for the trial jury, as evidence of bias against the administration after she came forward last week in defense of the prosecution.
President Trump has ratcheted up attacks on the original prosecution team, which included members of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, calling the case illegitimate. On Tuesday morning, he suggested suing the officials behind Mueller’s investigation.