A federal judge on Tuesday found Roger Stone violated a gag order she previously imposed in his case and blocked him from using certain social media platforms ahead of his trial in November.
An irate Judge Amy Berman Jackson did not revoke his bail but instead ordered Stone to not make posts “in any way or on any subject” on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Federal prosecutors filed a motion last month alleging that Stone had violated the gag order, which blocked him from publicly discussing his case, through several Instagram posts. The posts made reference to public court filings in Stone’s case, and the longtime Republican operative had tagged several media outlets in the images.
On Tuesday, Jackson painstakingly walked Stone’s attorney, Bruce Rogow, through several Instagram posts made by Stone in recent weeks, asking the lawyer why each was not a violation of her gag order.
Jackson said in her ruling that she did not want to start contempt proceedings for Stone, despite believing that he had violated the order several times, adding that she thought it would lead to even more media attention on the case.
The claim that Stone was seeking to become the story and trying to draw more attention to himself over the court filings was at the center of Jackson’s blistering statement issuing the order against Stone.
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