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You know, Judge Berman Jackson threaded a tough needle.

She sends Stone to jail for breaking bail/contempt? Think how fast the gendered slurs & death threats would have rolled in, and/or how quickly federal marshals would have caught someone taking a shot at her.

Then Stone’s attorneys move for change of venue, which pushes his trial back weeks, if not months.
Which hurts the long-term investigation.

Or the district makes her recuse, reassigns the case, and that extends everything.

Or some shitstain gets lucky and hurts her.
Or Stone’s attorneys wait & move for a mistrial since she obviously can’t be objective.

Or they let it go, appeal & get the conviction overturned. Because of the way our system works, the prosecutors may not get a second chance. (This is the worst case. We want appeal-proof.)
I know we want to be mad because he seems to have walked on privilege.

I know if he was street level mob who threatened his judge, tonight he’d be dining on Sodexho textured beef patties & hoping his commissary got set up.

But he’s not street level.

Think Tom Hagen, not Fredo.
We’ve been trying to put Roger Stone away for my entire life. (Really. Born during the Ford admin.)

He’s mostly been free on luck & mutually assured destruction, but a little bit on brains.

He’s not stupid. He’s an asshat, and he’s arrogant AF, but not stupid.

He got sloppy.
Judge Berman Jackson knows that. She’s not afraid.
She’s a hell of a lot smarter than he is; she’s a federal judge who got her ass into Harvard in the 1970s.

She’s been up against dickweasels like Stone all of her life.

She knows his mouth gets him in trouble, every time.
But really? If this was easy? We wouldn’t be here. 44 years.

So be mad. Take that anger into your city/county. Make sure your prosecutors give appropriate bail, not excessive. Bug your state reps for bail reform. (Even if you’re in a red state. Bail hits red families, too.)
Cuz most of the shitty bail conditions & over-sentencing & pre-trial detention? Not Federal. It’s local prosecutors & state laws letting them get away with it. We fix it at the local level.
You’re angry because you feel the injustice. You’ve still got hope. Let’s put it to work.
And if you’re not angry? Well, there’s a dickweasel who shoots off his mouth and pals around with every shitstain on the planet, and he just walked out of a courtroom today.

If that doesn’t make you mad, check your pulse.
Because we should be angry and put it to use.
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