Roger Stone Loses Big in Court
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Law & Crime's Matt Naham has more:
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson began by recapping what Stone asserted.
"He asserts that the factual underpinnings for all of the warrant applications — that the Russian government hacked computers belonging to the Democratic National Committee ('DNC'), the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ('DCCC'), and the chairman of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, and that Russia was responsible for giving the stolen data to WikiLeaks — are false," the judge wrote.
From there, Jackson explained what Stone's attorneys sought and how they didn't demonstrate the judge or magistrate who issued the warrants was "misled."
"Stone seeks an evidentiary hearing pursuant to Franks v. Delaware, and he has supplied the opinions of two cyber analysts in support of his motion. Because defendant has failed to satisfy either prong of the showing necessary to obtains a Franks hearing, the Court will deny the motion to suppress," the judge continued.
For one, per Jackson, Team Stone "has not identified any statements in the eighteen affidavits that he claims are deliberately false or were made in reckless disregard for the truth." Secondly, Jackson wrote, "Even if the statements included in the affidavits were false, they were not necessary to the issuing courts' probable cause determinations."
Stone faces seven counts, including obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of making false statements, and one count of witness tampering. He is still on track for an early November trial. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Wednesday.
You may read Judge Jackson's ruling in its entirety here: