Skip to main content
Tags: judge | statement | roger stone | sentencing

Federal Judge Amid Stone Sentencing Firestorm: 'Public Criticism or Pressure Is Not a Factor'

U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl A Howell looks to her left and smiles slightly
U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 13 February 2020 09:11 PM EST

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., rejected the notion "public criticism" or "pressure" have any bearing in a criminal sentencing, issuing a public statement Thursday night, according to The Hill.

"The Judges of this court base their sentencing decision on careful consideration of the actual record in the case before them; the applicable sentencing guidelines and statutory factors; the submission of the parties, the Probation Office of the victims; and their own judgement and experience," U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell wrote in a statement.

"Public criticism or pressure is not a factor."

Howell, appointed by former President Barack Obama, was the federal judge assigned to supervising the grand jury for special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Judge Amy Berman Jackson, also an Obama appointee, will be delivering Stone's sentence next Thursday, Feb. 20.

The statement was rare, but the circumstances of Attorney General William Barr's admonition to President Donald Trump to stop tweeting about criminal cases was equally rare – as were Trump's tweets about the sentence recommendations of former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone.

Four prosecutors working on the Stone case's sentencing resigned Tuesday after the Justice Department revised the recommendations down from the initial 7-9 years in prison. 

Trump ripped the prosecutors and the "Mueller Scam" on Twitter:

"Who are the four prosecutors (Mueller people?) who cut and ran after being exposed for recommending a ridiculous 9 year prison sentence to a man that got caught up in an investigation that was illegal, the Mueller Scam, and shouldn’t ever even have started? 13 Angry Democrats?"

Attorney General William Barr, in an ABC News interview Thursday night, called for Trump to stop discussing criminal cases publicly, saying he will not "be bullied or influenced by anybody" and "make it impossible for me to do my job."

Eric Mack

Eric Mack has been a writer and editor at Newsmax since 2016. He is a 1998 Syracuse University journalism graduate and a New York Press Association award-winning writer.

© 2024 Newsmax. All rights reserved.


Newsfront
Issuing a public statement Thursday night, a federal judge rejected the notion "public criticism" or "pressure" have any bearing on a criminal sentencing, according to The Hill.
judge, statement, roger stone, sentencing
305
2020-11-13
Thursday, 13 February 2020 09:11 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
TOP

Interest-Based Advertising | Do not sell or share my personal information

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App
Get the NewsmaxTV App for iOS Get the NewsmaxTV App for Android Scan QR code to get the NewsmaxTV App
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved