wineart 2 posted:irwin posted:
Let's talk about the Roger Stone case for a second. The case is called United States of America v. Roger Stone. Mr. Stone was prosecuted and convicted for certain federal crimes.
The US Attorney's office in Washington DC handled the prosecution. The US Attorneys in the various jurisdictions are supervised (sort of) by the Attorney General of the US, who is the head of the Justice Department. The US Attorneys and the atty general are supposed to be on the side of the United State of America, one of the litigants. Mr. Stone has one or more lawyers who are supposed to be on his side.
If a lawyer for Mr. Stone were to argue for a harsher sentence for Mr. Stone, he would be disbarred after a mental evaluation. Here we have the US Government revising downward its sentencing recommendation at the request of either the President and/or the Attorney General. That makes no sense to me.
Frankly, I think it's worse than asking some guy in the Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden.
But, of course, the Federal Judge has the next to last word. The President will commute the sentence of Mr. Stone after the November election, or grant him some other relief. Maybe he'll be pardoned and will be the next ambassador to the EU.
Irwin, the gutless and spineless Susan Collins was absolutely correct. The POS in the Oval Office did learn his lesson. He can do whatever he wants, regardless of the separation of powers or the constitution and all without consequences. He did indeed learn a lesson.
He has asked foreign powers to give him dirt on his political opponents, ( Russia, China and Ukraine) and now has the Justice Department intervening on behalf of his personal friends to the extent that all four federal attorneys resigned in protest. Roger Stone was indicting by a grand jury. Then he was found guilty by a different jury. Then a proposed sentence was offered to a judge. The president then tweets all this is bogus. So, the grand jury thought after seeing evidence he should be indicted. Then a different jury finds him guilty after hearing the evidence. Two different juries, federal prosecutors and a judge hearing evidence find him guilty. Yet, the president directs his AG to get involved to protect a friend. Trump has proved he is about the law. So, I guess his friends are now as well.
I do not think I’m overreacting saying the very fabric of our nation is in jeopardy.
On the plus side, the judge can impose whatever sentence she wishes notwithstanding the sentencing recommendation.
On the negative side, none of it matters as Trump will pardon Stone and the rest of his henchmen within days, perhaps a single day, after the November election no matter how it turns out.