Judge slaps Roger Stone with gag order after crosshairs photo
A federal judge on Thursday slapped a sweeping gag order on Roger Stone after he posted a photo of her on Instagram with crosshairs next to her head.
“What concerns me is the fact that he chose to use his public platform and chose to express himself in a manner that can incite others that feel less constrained,” Judge Amy Berman Jackson said in her Washington, DC, courtroom.
“There’s nothing ambiguous about crosshairs.”
Stone, a longtime pal of President Trump, had earlier apologized profusely for his actions.
“I believe I abused the order, for which I am sorry,” he said. “I am kicking myself over my own stupidity. I offer no excuse for it, no justification. It was the outgrowth of a lapse in judgment,” said Stone, who was free on bail but had been slapped with a gag order.
“I let myself down, my family down, my attorneys down,” Stone added. “It was a momentary lapse of judgment. I can only beseech you to give me a second chance.”
But Jackson wasn’t buying it.
“It’s the lawyers, not Mr. Stone, who were appalled. So thank you for the apology, but it rings quite hollow,” she told him.
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