After Trump associate Roger Stone was indicted for witness tampering and multiple counts of making false statements as a result of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, he furiously proclaimed his innocence in multiple media appearances, decrying the investigation and the Judge presiding over his case: Judge Amy Berman Jackson.
Stone set the internet ablaze earlier this week, when he posted an Instagram picture of Berman Jackson next to gun crosshairs. He continued his attempts to discredit the Judge in his caption:
“Through legal trickery Deep State hitman Robert Mueller has guaranteed that my upcoming show trial is before Judge Amy Berman Jackson , an Obama appointed Judge who dismissed the Benghazi charges again Hillary Clinton and incarcerated Paul Manafort prior to his conviction for any crime .”
Berman Jackson responded by ordering Stone to court to explain the photo and defend himself against the possibility of the case’s partial gag order being expanded. It didn’t go well.
Stone, known for being irreverent and unapologetic, was completely submissive. When pressed by Berman Jackson on his reasons for posting the photo, he reiterated multiple times that it was an “egregious, stupid mistake.”
By the end, he was begging her for lenience:
“I’ve been treated for emotional stress. I can only beseech you to give me a second chance. Forgive me the trespass.”
Stone also assured that he was “kicking [him]self over [his] own stupidity.”
But Berman Jackson wasn’t having it—no matter how many times Stone apologized.
“Thank you, but the apology rings quite hollow.”
She expanded Stone’s gag order to forbid him from publicly discussing the case and those involved with it. He’s also forbidden from instructing other figures to discuss it publicly. The initial gag order only forbade Stone from discussing the case in the vicinity of the D.C. courthouse. Now, he will only be able to ask for help funding his defense and assure of his innocence.
While some were hoping the Judge would revoke Stone’s bail, sending him to prison until his trial later this year, hearing Stone beg did not disappoint.
I wonder how all the alt right tough guys are handling watching an alpha like Roger Stone beg for forgiveness and declare his own stupidity.
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) February 21, 2019
If you don't live/work in the world of professional politics (or even just live inside the Beltway), you can't understand how much some of us are just ROTFLMFAO right now watching Roger Stone basically beg for his life after he threatened a federal judge on Instagram.
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) February 21, 2019
I was really hoping for Judge Amy Berman Jackson sending Roger Stone to jail but I think we all know he can't keep his mouth shut to save his life so it's only a matter of time. Also, watching him beg was fuuuunnnn. Remember those "Roger Stone Did Nothing Wrong T-Shirts"? lol https://t.co/IAZFTjVmTS
— Maren (@MissMaren5) February 21, 2019
But the begging was only one part of a hearing that was nothing short of absolutely bonkers.