Roger Stone has asked for a new trial this week after one of the jurors who found him guilty was revealed to have a history of anti-Trump bias.
The request came after the foreperson of his trial jury came forward to offer public support for the four prosecutors on the case, who withdrew from the case or quit the Justice Department entirely after Attorney General William Barr said the sentence recommended was too long.
Juror Tomeka Hart said in a Facebook post that it “pained her” to see the prosecutors’ hard work interfered with by the DOJ and that they had acted with “the utmost integrity, intelligence and respect for our system of justice.”
After her post, it was revealed that she had a long history of making anti-Trump posts on social media, including some that called the president and his supporters racists.
Hart previously served as the Memphis City Schools Board President. She had also tried to run for Congress in 2012 as a Democrat and was an activist at anti-Trump rallies and protests.
Former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker said he was concerned about the jury after hearing about Hart’s posts.
“Once a juror is corrupt or has a bias, the whole system falls apart,” Whitaker said. “Really, I think we should be concerned about jurors — especially here, unfortunately, in the District of Columbia [where Stone’s trial was heard] where they kind of game the system and have biases that they aren’t willing to admit.”
Whitaker said a reversal of the trial verdict would be difficult, but “not impossible” given Hart’s apparent bias.
The case against Stone has drawn heavy media attention in recent days after the William Barr-led Justice Department overrode the prosecutors’ over-the-top recommendations that Stone, 67, get seven to nine years in prison.
Trump tweeted his support for Barr’s overruling of the recommendation, which then led Democrats to call for Barr’s resignation.
Barr had not been against Stone’s conviction when he overruled the recommendation, but that could change now that the allegations of jury bias have come to light.
I never thought the deep state would extend to a jury, but there seems to be no limit to how far Trump’s enemies will go to take down him or his supporters.