(FamilyRetirementClub.com) – Roger Stone might be on the way to getting the fair trial he deservesafter his defense lawyers identified a biased juror that could potentially affect the fairness of the case.
Stone’s lawyers have requested a new trial in a secret court filing, according to sources close to the case. The Daily Caller reports that the filing makes reference to a member of Stone’s jury who has express anti-Trump beliefs in the past.
The lead juror in the trial, Tomeka Hart, is a registered Democrat who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2012. On Wednesday, the member of the jury took to the Internet to defend the way that prosecutors had handled Stone’s case. Hart’s comments came after four prosecutors withdrew from the case after the Justice Department revealed they intended to reduce the recommended sentence.
Writing on Facebook, Hart said, “I have kept my silence for months. Initially, it was for my safety. Then, I decided to remain silent out of fear of politicizing the matter. But I can’t keep quiet any longer.”
The post was first reported by CNN. The media outlet did not, however, not that she was a Democrat.
After speaking to Hart, media outlet Commercial Appeal reported details of her professional and political background. As other news outlets investigated her background, it was uncovered that she lost to Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen in a 2012 primary, and kept informed about the special counsel’s investigation.
Her Twitter account even includes multiple references to President Trump. Hart shared links to negative news stories about Trump and Republicans, and even compared the president to the KKK, using the hashtag “#KlanPresident.”
Hart even retweeted comments made by Bakari Sellers, a CNN analyst, who criticized supporters of Roger Stone.
Look at her retweet about Roger Stone’s arrest.
— Shem Horne (@Shem_Infinite) February 13, 2020
This political activity is believed to be the cause of the request for a new trial, and understandably so. Stone was initially facing the possibility of nine years in prison; a sentence usually reserves for violent criminals. If a biased juror, particularly one that is willing to inaccurately label a Republican a KKK supporter, is able to exert influence over the case then it could see Stone sentenced to a lengthier prison sentence than is appropriate.
When jurors were being chosen for the case, a questionnaire asked if they felt any negative opinions about the president or if they had previously “written or posted anything for public consumption” relating to the Robert Mueller Russia investigation.
It is unknown how Hart responded to the questionnaire, though logic dictates that a juror would not be chosen if they answered in the affirmative.