Judges' association calls emergency meeting in wake of Stone sentencing reversal

Source: The Hill | February 17, 2020 | Justin Wise

Judges’ association calls emergency meeting in wake of Stone sentencing reversal Administration — 1h 17m ago Trump rejects Obama taking credit for strong economy Administration — 1h 41m ago view all The independent Federal Judges Association is planning an emergency meeting to address issues stemming from the Justice Department’s decision to intervene in the case involving Roger Stone, a longtime ally of President Trump.

Philadelphia U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe, president of the group, told USA Today that it “could not wait” until its spring conference to discuss the recent decisions made within the department and that its executive committee would convene a conference call on Tuesday after the department backtracked on its recommendation for Stone’s sentence. 

“There are plenty of issues that we are concerned about,” Rufe, who was nominated by former President George W. Bush, told the newspaper, noting that the group called for the meeting after Trump railed against the initial sentencing recommendation Stone received.

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Rufe told USA Today that the Federal Judges Association is “not inclined to get involved with an ongoing case.” But she offered staunch support for Jackson, saying that the group is “supportive of any federal judge who does what is required.”

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More than 2,000 former Justice Department officials have signed on to a letter calling for Barr to resign, saying that his “actions in doing the President’s personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words.”

The letter also calls on career officials to follow the “heroic example” set by the prosecutors who resigned from Stone’s case and to be prepared to report “future abuse.” 

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