UPDATE: Roger Stone's legal team calls for new trial: report
Defense lawyers for Roger Stone, the longtime political adviser to President Donald Trump, called Friday for a new trial, according to a Washington Post report (https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/roger-stone-asks-for-new-trial-in-sealed-motion-one-day-after-trump-accused-jury-forewoman-of-bias/2020/02/14/1e36e412-4f65-11ea-9b5c-eac5b16dafaa_story.html), with Stone's scheduled sentencing -- itself now at the center of a maelstrom in Washington -- just days away. Stone was convicted late last year of witness tampering and lying to Congress (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/roger-stone-guilty-on-all-7-counts-could-face-20-years-in-prison-2019-11-15). Four federal prosecutors withdrew from the case (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/justice-department-set-to-walk-back-7--to-9-year-prison-recommendation-for-roger-stone-2020-02-11) this week as higher-ups in the department countermanded their recommendation to U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson that Stone be sentenced to seven to nine years in prison. A tweet from Trump attributed that action directly to Attorney General William Barr (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-credits-barr-for-justice-department-about-face-on-proposed-length-of-roger-stones-prison-term-2020-02-12). Stone's lawyers sought to cast doubt on the impartiality of the jury foreman, who came forward this week (https://dailymemphian.com/section/metrocity-of-memphis/article/10707/tomeka-hart-roger-stone-juror) "to stand up ... for the prosecutors." The department did not enter a new sentencing recommendation in walking back the earlier filing. Stone's sentencing is set for Feb. 20.
-Tim Rostan; 415-439-6400; AskNewswires@dowjones.com
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