“Gotta love it!”: Major Controversy Erupts Over Undisclosed Alleged Bias Of Foreperson In Stone Trial [Updated] - jonathanturley.org

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...Not only has Hart called Trump supporters like Stone racists but she celebrated a protest that projected profanities on the Trump hotel with the words “Gotta Love It.”

...Hart publicly identified herself as the foreperson is offering a full-throated defense of the prosecution against President Trump's alleged intervention in the case: "I want to stand up for Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed, Michael Marando, and Jonathan Kravis - the prosecutors on the Roger Stone trial," Hart wrote in the post.

...Hart is a democratic activist who ran for Congress and referred to the President with a hashtag as "Klanpresident." More worrisome is her references directly to Stone, including a retweeted post, in January 2019, Bakari Sellers again raising racist associations and stating "Roger Stone has y'all talking about reviewing use of force guidelines." She also called Trump supporters like Stone racists and Putin cronies.

...What concerns me is that a high-profile case of this kind comes with the added burden for the court to assure both sides of a divided nation that the trial was conducted without even the hint of bias or animus from either the court or the jury.

...Trump has already latched on to the controversy in tweets raising bias - a possible added rationale to be cited in his possible pardoning of Stone.

...See also United States v. Tegzes, 715 F.2d 505, 507("Constitutional standard of fairness requires that the criminally accused have 'a panel of impartial, indifferent jurors.'"). In cases like Pena-Rodriguez, the Supreme Court has held that statements in the jury room showing racial bias justifies reversal.

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