After Stone posted and then deleted the photo on Instagram, the judge ordered him to return to Washington and appear in court for Thursday's hearing. Jackson had previously placed an order prohibiting Stone and all other parties in his case from making public comments outside the D.C. federal courthouse.
"No, Mr. Stone, I am not giving you another chance", she said.
Stone apologized repeatedly Thursday before Jackson ruled.
"This is just a stupid lack of judgment", Stone told Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Thursday, according to CNN.
Stone testified that a volunteer working for him had downloaded the picture, but he himself wrote the post and published it.
Stone's lawyers apologized to Jackson for the "improper photograph and comment" in a "notice of apology" filed with the court Monday. In statements he posted to his Instagram after removing the image, Stone denied that it was meant to be threatening and said that the crosshairs target was merely the logo of the organization, "something called corruption central", that had originally published the image he posted.
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Stone is fighting charges that he lied to congressional investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 USA election, obstructed justice and tampered with a witness. He said he did not know who the person was. "She thinks it was a serious threat, that it was a deliberate action that he had taken and that one that she has taken quite seriously now that she will revisit the terms of the gag order that is against Roger Stone". "I am kicking myself for my own stupidity, but not more than my wife is kicking me".
Attorney Bruce Rogow, who was brought on to Stone's team to handle "all matters related to the office of the special counsel and all constitutional matters, such as first amendment issues that may arise", began by arguing that Stone should get another chance to comply with the court's demands.
He has said the photo was "misinterpreted", the symbol was actually the Celtic cross, not crosshairs of a gun, and he was not trying to threaten the judge.
Stone was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a predawn raid January 25 at his home in Fort Lauderdale and was released later that day was on a $250,000 signature bond that did not require him to post any cash. He was still allowed to discuss the case away from the courthouse. He also was charged with witness tampering, for telling his alleged co-conspirator to do "a Frank Pentangeli".
He has pleaded not guilty.
Wearing a grey suit with handkerchief in the top left pocket and a blue tie, Stone walked steadily to the witness stand in the packed courtroom at the US District Court for the District of Columbia in Washington.