Trump ally Roger Stone cleared of defamation allegations
President Trump’s longtime ally Roger Stone was cleared of defamation allegations on Friday after a former New York gubernatorial candidate accused him of using defamatory language on a campaign mailer.
New York Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Warren Redlich accused Stone of being behind a 2010 campaign mailer, in which Redlich was referred to as a “sick twisted pervert” and a “predator.”
The jury agreed that the language on the mailer was “defamatory,” however it also agreed that there was no evidence Stone was responsible for the mailer, according to the New York Daily News.
Stone expressed his satisfaction with the decision and the justice system after the verdict.
“This victory is extremely gratifying and reinforces my faith in the fundamental fairness of our jury system and in the capacity of our judicial system to repel those who would deceitfully abuse it as a tool for political vendettas,” the GOP consultant said, according to the Daily News.
The case was decided in Manhattan Supreme Court.
However, Stone could face upcoming legal challenges in a separate case.
Fourteen former national security, intelligence and foreign policy officials filed an amicus brief on Dec. 8 in a lawsuit against the Trump campaign ally.
The brief was posted on Thursday as a part of a lawsuit that was filed by three private citizens whose personal information was hacked during a breach at the Democratic National Committee last year and published on WikiLeaks.