A federal choose on Thursday denied a bid for a brand new trial by President Donald Trump’s longtime pal and adviser Roger Stone after the veteran Republican operative accused the jury forewoman of being tainted by anti-Trump political bias.
U.S. District Courtroom Decide Amy Berman Jackson rejected Stone’s declare that the forewoman was biased towards Trump and due to this fact couldn’t be neutral in deciding Stone’s guilt or innocence in the course of the trial.
” right here is zero proof of ‘specific bias’ towards Stone, and defendant’s makes an attempt to achieve a brand new trial based mostly on implied or inferred bias fail,” Berman Jackson mentioned in an 81-page choice.
Together with his movement for a brand new trial denied, Stone is predicted to ask an appeals courtroom to throw out his conviction. He has 14 days to take action. (Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch and Tim Ahmann; Modifying by Will Dunham, Sandra Maler and Leslie Adler)