Is it equal protection when the prosecutor gets to pick the judge? I don't think so, but that's what has happened in the Roger Stone case. Using the claim that Stone's case is somehow "related" to the Paul Manafort, Team Mueller has bypassed the usual random selection of judges afforded to most defendants and had the Stone case assigned to Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is currently holding Manafort in solitary confinement.
How did the SAME federal judge in a district of 21 judges manage to get "randomly assigned" the email case, the Manafort case and the #RogerStone case? By the flagrant misuse of "related case" listing from team #Mueller to make sure their deferential Obama-appointed judge oversaw
8:16 AM - 1 Feb 2019
The alleged crimes are different and the defendants are different and the evidence is totally different and unrelated, so how are the two cases related? Well, the prosecutor is the same--but that's not what the "related case" rule is about. It seems Team Mueller was pleased with Berman Jackson's handling of Manafort. And now she seems poised to treat Stone in similar fashion:
A federal judge warned Roger Stone today not to treat the criminal case against him as "a book tour," and said she's considering imposing a gag order to quiet him.
12:08 PM - 1 Feb 2019
Think about that. Stone was arrested in a completely unnecessary and highly public predawn raid by 29 heavily armed FBI agents before CNN cameras, in what was clearly an abusive and prejudicial operation intended to poison the jury pool. That had nothing to do with Stone--it was strictly the choice of Team Mueller and the FBI. And now the judge is telling Stone that he may no longer be allowed the exercise of his First Amendment rights? According to USAToday, Berman Jackson
said she was concerned that the continued publicity surrounding the case against the 66-year-old political operative could “taint” the jury pool. She gave Stone's lawyers and federal prosecutors until next Friday to tell her whether she should issue an order preventing them all from talking publicly about the case.
But wait a minute--who has caused all the publicity? Wasn't it Team Mueller and the FBI, with their totally unnecessary pre-dawn raid, in front of CNN cameras? The typical practice in cases such as Stone's--non-violent crime, defendant represented by counsel and expecting indictment--is to ask the defendant to surrender himself. All that publicity was occasioned by Team Mueller and the FBI and by no one else.
One could understand Berman Jackson warning Team Mueller about continued leaks to CNN and unnecessarily prejudicial actions, but telling the defendant to shut up? Mueller has the total weight of the federal government behind him and an unlimited budget. He's poised to crush Stone--an individual facing the power of the Deep State. The deck is totally stacked against Stone, but Berman Jackson is considering telling Stone to shut up. As an example of how one sided and prejudiced Berman Jackson is, check this out--she blames Stone for all the publicity:
Berman said the "considerable publicity" related to the case has been "fueled by extra-judicial statements by the defendant himself." She later reminded Stone that he was now at the center of "a criminal proceeding, not a public relations campaign."
As if Team Mueller doesn't engage in PR through its regular leaks to a complicit media!
And then there's this:
Federal prosecutors said they had seized so much material from Roger Stone - evidence in the case includes terabytes of data and several years worth of his messages and emails - that they might not be ready for trial until October. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/02/01/judge-weighs-gag-order-case-former-trump-adviser-roger-stone/2742330002/ …
3:02 PM - 1 Feb 2019
Color me extremely skeptical that the seizure of all that evidence was warranted by the charges. Rather, one suspects that this was a fishing expedition under color of law and that the next 9 months will be spent ginning up additional abusive charges to crush Stone. Was there a warning to Team Mueller that none of the "terabytes of data" was to be leaked to Democrat operatives? Don't hold your breath.