Judge to Roger Stone: Zip It Around Courthouse

Defendant has been making his case to reporters
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2019 5:30 PM CST
Judge to Roger Stone: Stop Talking Near Courthouse
Roger Stone leaves court earlier this month in Washington, D.C.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A judge ordered Roger Stone to keep his lips sealed when it comes to the special counsel's Russia investigation, at least when he's around a certain courthouse—the one in Washington, DC., where he's facing charges. The judge was considering a complete gag order on Stone, Politico reports, because of concern that the sort of public statements Stone is making could affect his case. Stone has pleaded not guilty to charges including lying to Congress. US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson told him Friday to be careful when encountering reporters as he enters and leaves the courthouse. "I am pleased that the judge’s order leaves my First Amendment right to defend myself in public intact," Stone later emailed Politico. "I will of course continue to be judicious about my comments regarding the case." (Read more Roger Stone stories.)

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