Lawyers for Mr. Stone, President Trump's recently indicted former election campaign adviser, argued in a filing entered in D.C. federal court that imposing an order barring him from pleading his case publicly would violate his right to free speech. The lobbyist pleaded not guilty and vowed to "tell the truth" throughout the process.
His speech shouldn't be restricted, because his lifeblood is writing and speaking about politics and fashion, his attorneys say. After all, it's not like he's Kim Kardashian. That lack of fame means he will be able to have an unbiased jury when his case goes to trial.
"An example of how limited and narrow his public presence is, is that Kim Kardashian has 59.5 million followers on Twitter", they added. "On Instagram, Kim Kardashian has 126 million followers".
Besides, Stone wants to be heard even while he's under indictment. "Roger Stone's Instagram following amounts to 39 thousand subscribers", his attorney wrote. "And it's my responsibility to ensure that he has a fair trial". Yet, Stone said he was still shocked when he opened the door.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson is considering issuing a gag order in Stone's case to prevent any impact on potential jurors.
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In filing later Friday, prosecutors said they wouldn't oppose Jackson issuing a "narrowly-tailored" gag order that seeks to keep Stone from using media coverage to his advantage in the court case. Roger Stone was arrested on 25 January on federal charges put forward by Special Counsel Mueller, who is investigating the Trump campaign's alleged ties with Russian Federation.
Stone accuses the prosecutors of "shopping for a preferred district judge".
Agents later walk Stone back into his home, still handcuffed, for unknown reasons.
It is unclear when the judge will rule. Stone faces no charges in connection with the hack - though he was mentioned anonymously in their indictment as communicating with the Russians. Prosecutors will respond to him about this next week. "It's called politics, and they haven't criminalized it, at least not yet", Stone said a week ago on ABC's "This Week".
"Roger Stone is a writer and a speaker", wrote his defense team in a filing signed by Bruce S. Rogow and L. Peter Farkas.
The special counsel's office declined to comment.