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The Roger Stone Sentencing Dispute
Feb 13, 2020 at 09:35 PM

The Quick Facts

  • This week, federal prosecutors issued a sentencing recommendation for Trump ally Roger Stone, asking the judge to give Stone between 7 and 9 years in prison.
  • Stone was convicted last November of seven crimes, including obstruction of justice, lying to Congress, and witness tampering. He is scheduled to be sentenced next week.
  • President Trump raised objections to the sentencing recommendation via Twitter, calling it “very horrible and unfair” and a “miscarriage of justice.”
  • Later that day, the Justice Department took the rare step of overruling the prosecutors and saying it will lower the amount of prison time recommended.
  • In response, all four prosecutors resigned from the case in protest.

Food For Thought

Did the Justice Department overrule prosecutors in the Roger Stone case because of pressure from the president? Was the original sentencing recommendation too harsh?

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