Roger Stone (R), the former Advisor to US President Donald Trump, arrives on July 16, 2019 with his wife Nydia Stone at the US Courthouse of E. Barrett Prettyman in Washington, DC.
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A federal judge has banned Republican Roger Stone from posting on important social media platforms on Tuesday after deciding that long-time confidant of President Donald Trump in his criminal case against an already strict gag regulation have violated.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson went through a litany of Stones recent posts from his Instagram account during a hearing in Washington DC District Court, which seemed to violate his order not to speak publicly about his case.
Jackson has denied Stone Post on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter ̵
"It seems he's determined to make himself history," Jackson told Stone, according to Buzzfeed News.
Stone's lawyer argued that his client's posts had no bearing on the case, even if he communicated publicly, Buzzfeed reported.
The federal prosecutor's office did not call on Jackson to revoke Stones $ 250,000 arrest guarantee stone landed in jail until the trial. Instead, they demanded that he be cut off from his social media presence, reported Politico.
The former special adviser, Robert Mueller's prosecutor, has accused Stone of manipulating witnesses, obstructing justice and lied to Congress. He did not plead guilty.
Stone, 66, a notoriously eloquent political activist who has described himself as a "dirty cheater", had previously been attracted by the judge for his public statements on federal crime.
Jackson imposed a partial order for the first time in February, which prevented Stone from talking to the media about his case so as not to interfere with possible juries.
This action took place after Stone's trial in a Florida federal court, where Stone immediately began a media flash, including interviews with Stone's right-wing conspiracy site Infowars, public statements to reporters – and even a video about court cases.
Jackson's light gag order soon proved inadequate to hold Stone's tongue.
On his Instagram account, Stone posted a photo of the judge's face next to the crosshair of a riflescope, accompanied by a text that attacks Müller as a "deep-state killer" and Jackson as an "Obama-appointed judge."
He la ter has deleted the post and apologized. But Jackson dragged him to their courtroom days later to explain why his quarter-million-dollar bond should not be revoked given the apparent violation of the gag order.
At this hearing, Stone decided to take the position to address Jackson directly. "It hurts that I'm so stupid," he said in the bizarre hearing.
But his self-flagellation did not touch the judge. "I do not give you another chance, I have serious doubts that you've even learned a lesson," Jackson told him.
While not revoking his attachment to the hearing, Jackson Stone's gagging order to keep a muzzle from deterring him from making any public statements about his criminal case or any of his associates, including Mueller.
However, in March, Mueller Jackson's prosecutors told of an Instagram photo Stone had posted, apparently indicating that he had been "framed" by the Special Adviser.
A few months later, federal prosecutors Jackson warned of further social media posts from Stones accounts, on the grounds that they violated his terms of bail for electoral campaign, possible coordination between Trump's election campaign and the Kremlin, and possible obstruction of the Justice by Trump.
Stone's lawyers pushed back and denied that the pos violated the gagging order and accused the prosecutors of "deliberate blindness" by focusing on three of Stone's Instagram posts while "exposing the tens of thousands of articles turned against stone "and ignored other media criticized by him.
Federal prosecutors Stone has been accused of libeling the Congressional legislator for publishing alleged emails stolen by the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 presidential election for its alleged involvement in the whistleblowing organization WikiLeaks.
The trial of Stone is due to begin in November.