The federal judge presiding over Roger Stone’s criminal case on Thursday banned him from speaking publicly about his case or the special counsel investigation on Thursday, after hauling him back to court to answer for a social media post personally attacking her.
“Publicity cannot subside if it’s the defendant that’s fanning the flames,” District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Thursday.
Before Berman Jackson’s ruling, Stone took the stand to beg for forgiveness.
“I am hurtfully sorry for my own stupidity. I am kicking myself, not as much as my wife is kicking me,” Stone told the court. He called the Instagram post “a momentary lapse of judgement” before saying that the photo was selected by someone who works for him, which he estimated was about “five or six people.”
“I heard political commentators talking about the likelihood that I’ll be raped in prison. It’s been a stressful situation. I’m having a hard time putting food on the table and making rent,” he said, reports NBC News.
Roger Stone: "I let myself down, my family down, my attorneys down. It was a momentary lapse of judgement. I heard political commentators talking about the likelihood that I’ll be raped in prison. It’s been a stressful situation."
— Allan Smith (@akarl_smith) February 21, 2019
The judge said the former Trump adviser “couldn’t keep his story straight on the stand” when she allowed him the opportunity to explain his decision to post the inflammatory photo on Instagram of her with what appeared to be small crosshairs next to her head over the weekend.
Got a notification for another Roger Stone Instagram post…it’s the judge presiding over his case. And in the upper left hand corner it looks like the symbol for crosshairs. pic.twitter.com/m6IW3QznTF
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) February 18, 2019
“Through legal trickery Deep State hitman Robert Mueller has guaranteed that my upcoming show trial is before Judge Amy Berman Jackson , an Obama appointed Judge who dismissed the Benghazi charges again [sic] Hillary Clinton and incarcerated Paul Manafort prior to his conviction for any crime. #fixisin Help me fight for my life at @StoneDefenseFund.com,” the now-deleted post read. Included in the picture was a banner at the bottom with Berman Jackson’s name displayed under her face.