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Roger Stone Sentencing Seen as Test of Judicial Independence (2)

Feb. 19, 2020, 4:34 PM

Roger Stone’s sentencing on Thursday is shaping up as a test of judicial independence after President Donald Trump inserted himself in the court’s deliberations over the fate of his longtime confidant.

If U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentences Stone in line with the Justice Department’s new and lower recommendation, partisans will see that as caving to Trump, former federal prosecutor Harry Sandick said. If she gives a jail term closer to the maximum, she’ll be seen as defying the pressure.

Roger Stone arrives at federal court in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 5, 2019.
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

“Given how polarized the country is, some people will look to Jackson to be a hero and...

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