Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) claimed that Roger Stone received a “fair trial,” despite a juror revealing bias before and during the trial.
After Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison, Graham said he believed that the trial was “free from influence.”
It is important to give both the government and the accused a fair trial free from influence.
I believe this has been accomplished in Mr. Stone’s case.
Like all Americans, Mr. Stone can appeal the fairness of his trial and the verdict rendered.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) February 20, 2020
But last week, one of Roger Stone’s jurors was revealed to be a former Democratic congressional candidate who consistently posted anti-Trump content on social media.
The juror said she didn’t watch C-Span during jury selection, according to National File:
“So nothing that I can recall specifically. I do watch sometimes paying attention and sometimes in the background CNN. So I recall just hearing about him being part of the campaign and some belief and reporting around interaction with the Russian probe and interaction with him and people in the country, but I don’t have a whole lot of details. I don’t pay that close attention or watch C-Span,” said Tomeka Hart, identified by her life details matching a juror who was interviewed, according to a transcript of the jury selection process.
But Tomeka Hart does watch C-Span. She said so herself on Twitter:
@RepDianaDeGette watching C-Span now. Thank you for being a voice of reason–at least for trying!
— Tomeka Hart (@hartformemphis) November 4, 2011
This ostensibly gives Stone a very strong case for a mistrial.
It’s also worth pointing out that the entire prosecution of Stone was an offshoot of the Russia investigation that Graham once slammed as a “criminal enterprise” in which investigators “made stuff up” to justify an illegal probe, so with that Stone shouldn’t have been prosecuted in the first place.
Graham also once decried the persecution of Brett Kavanaugh as a political witch hunt, so why would he see the persecution of Stone any differently?
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