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By way of PowerLine, “Flight of the Drama Queens,” I got to the Knowledge Is Good blog. Intrigued by a screenshot from the court schedule controlling the Roger Stone case, I went digging for the source. What a treasure trove for geeks like me (and maybe you); I give you three recent entries by way of Court Listener. From February 14, 2020:
TRANSCRIPT OF PROCEEDINGS in case as to ROGER JASON STONE, JR before Judge Amy Berman Jackson held on November 15, 2019; Page Numbers: 1-16. Date of Issuance:February 14, 2020. Court Reporter: Janice Dickman. Telephone number: 202-354-3267, Transcripts may be ordered by submitting the Transcript Order FormFor the first 90 days after this filing date, the transcript may be viewed at the courthouse at a public terminal or purchased fro m the court reporter referenced above. After 90 days, the transcript may be accessed via PACER. Other transcript formats, (multi-page, condensed, CD or ASCII) may be purchased from the court reporter.NOTICE RE REDACTION OF TRANSCRIPTS: The parties have twenty-one days to file with the court and the court reporter any request to redact personal identifiers from this transcript. If no such requests are filed, the transcript will be made available to the public via PACER without redaction after 90 days. The policy, which includes the five personal identifiers specifically covered, is located on our website at http://www.dcd.uscourts.gov. Redaction Request due 3/6/2020. Redacted Transcript Deadline set for 3/16/2020. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 5/14/2020.(Dickman, Janice) (Entered: 02/14/2020)
This is about releasing the court transcripts, which may not be very flattering to the Democrats in career prosecutor camouflage. Look for them to try to get favorable redactions of the transcripts.
MINUTE ORDER granting 299 defendant’s sealed motion for leave to file document under seal as to ROGER J. STONE JR. The Clerk of Court is directed to file under seal [Dkt. 299-2] Defendant’s Motion for New Trial and [Dkt. 299-3] the exhibits to defendant’s motion. It is ORDERED that the government shall file under seal its response to the motion by February 18, 2020. It is FURTHER ORDERED that defendant shall file under seal a proposed redacted version of his Motion for New Trial and accompanying exhibits by February 18, 2020. Signed by Judge Amy Berman Jackson on 2/14/20. (DMK)
Order on Sealed Motion for Leave to File Document Under Seal
This is the big one. Roger Stone’s team has filed a motion seeking permission to ask for a new trial, with documentation (the exhibits) to justify granting the motion. Things are moving right along from there. DOJ must file its response to the request by Tuesday, February 18, and Stone’s team must file a proposed redacted version of the motion for a new trial the same day (in which there will be a fight over what gets redacted, that is, over how badly the Democrat operatives in our government get exposed.
Finally, the judge was working on Sunday:
MINUTE ORDER as to ROGER J. STONE, JR. An on-the-record scheduling telephone conference call is set for February 18, 2020 at 11:00 AM in Courtroom 3 before Judge Amy Berman Jackson. In a separate email from the Deputy Clerk, counsel for the parties will be supplied with both the dial in telephone number and pass code to give them access to the call. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Amy Berman Jackson on 2/16/20. (DMK)
This is part of federal procedure, with lawyers for both sides and the judge conferring as the case moves along. The scheduling would be for paperwork and court appearances going forward, driven by the motion for a new trial. Since the four lead Democrat operatives have left the case, we might see the government coming in a different posture to this case this week. Keep your eyes on the Court Listener webpage.
Update: On February 18, J.P. Cooney, Chief of the Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud and Public Corruption Section, officially appeared as an attorney representing the government in the Roger Stone case. Cooley has a long record of prosecuting white collar crime. DOJ opposed the defense motion for a new trial. That is normal. Sentencing is still set for Thursday, February 20. The defense has until February 24 to submit a reply, a style of document addressing the DOJ objections to a retrial. All motion documents are under seal, meaning no one on either team may share, leak or blab about them.Published in