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Judge denies Roger Stone's motion to disqualify her
The judge presiding over Roger Stone's case has denied a motion from the defendant to have her disqualified.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson in a filing issued Sunday evening said Stone's legal team did not provide any "factual or legal support" to have her removed from his case.
Stone, a longtime ally of President Trump who was sentenced to more than three years in prison last week for lying to Congress and tampering with witnesses, moved to disqualify Jackson on Saturday, arguing the judge revealed her bias against him with comments she made about the trial's jurors.
Stone in a court document asserted that Jackson allowed herself to be misled by a juror who Stone argued was not serving as an impartial foreperson for the trial.
"Stone's Motion for New Trial is directly related to the integrity of a juror," his motion read. "It is alleged that a juror misled the Court regarding her ability to be unbiased and fair and the juror attempted to cover up evidence that would directly contradict her false claims of impartiality."
Jackson, who was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by former President Obama, previously defended the character of the jurors in Stone's trial during remarks in court, telling Stone's attorneys that the jury's foreperson served with "integrity."
"Sure, the defense is free to say, 'So what? Who cares?' But I'll say this: Congress cared," Jackson said. "The United States Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia that prosecuted the case and is still prosecuting the case cared. The jurors who served with integrity under difficult circumstances cared. The American people cared. And I care."
Stone was accused last year of lying to Congress and tampering with witnesses in an attempt to obscure his connections to WikiLeaks, the site that posted stolen Democratic Party emails during the 2016 election.