Late last year, former Trump adviser Roger Stone was found guilty of obstruction, making false statements, and witness tampering.
However, new information has emerged about the jury that convicted him, and legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano believes that Stone deserves another shot at justice.
Politically motivated jurors?
Earlier this week, former Memphis City Schools Board President Tomeka Hart admitted to being the forewoman of Stone’s jury, and her political history raises serious questions about her ability to be impartial.
Prior to the trial, Hart made negative social media posts about Stone following the dramatic pre-dawn raid on his Florida home. Hart also condemned the president and his supporters as racists, while praising former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Some of Hart’s social media statements were made while Stone’s trial was still being conducted, and earlier tweets from 2017 accused President Trump of being a Ku Klux Klan member.
Another tweet expressed celebration when it was reported that an obscenity had been projected onto a Trump-owned hotel, with Hart exclaiming, “Gotta love it!”
Hart wasn’t the only jury member with a potential partisan bias. Federal election records reveal that fellow juror Seth Cousins made financial contributions to leftist candidates and causes Beto O’Rourke, Jill Stein, and the political action committee ActBlue.
Napolitano: Stone is ‘entitled’ to new trial
Those revelations don’t sit well with Judge Andrew Napolitano; as far as he’s concerned, they entitle the defendant to a new trial.
“[Stone is] absolutely entitled to a new trial with a member of a jury making these types of revelations about the politics involved in the decisions to prosecute him,” the judge said on a recent episode of “Fox & Friends.”
“It is the duty of the judge to ensure that both the government and defendant get a fair trial and if the judge discovers afterward that there was a built-in inherent bias on the part of a member of a jury against the defendant, that is an automatic trigger for a new trial,” Napolitano continued, adding that he himself had presided over 150 jury trials.
“She’s going to have to call those jurors back in and interrogate them or make a decision on the spot,” Napolitano concluded.
Apparently, Stone’s lawyers are paying attention — they filed a request for a new trial Friday.