Published: Wed, February 20, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Judge orders Roger Stone to court over inflammatory Instagram post

Judge orders Roger Stone to court over inflammatory Instagram post

Roger Stone has apologised to a U.S. judge after posting on Instagram an image of her next to what appeared to be the cross-hairs of a gun sight.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered Stone to explain at a February 21 hearing in Washington why the post didn't violate a limited gag order barring him from saying anything that might bias potential jurors in an upcoming trial.

Jackson's order, which calls for a new hearing in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, threatens to add Stone to a gag order she issued last week in the case. "This was a random photo taken from the Internet", Stone wrote.

Twitter user Dan Murphy claimed to have found the original image that Stone posted, and that it came from a website which he indicated contains conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic language.

The anti-secrecy group released material stolen from Democratic groups including Hillary Clinton's campaign.

In the text accompanying the first post, Stone referred to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who brought the case against him. "Because it was open to misinterpretation I have ordered it taken down".

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He dismissed any suggestion that he was trying to threaten the judge as "categorically false". In that post, which also sought donations, Stone said Mueller's tactics were "straight out of the gestapo's playbook".

On Monday, Stone posted and immediately deleted an Instagram photo, which showed Judge Jackson next to cross hairs mimicking the scope of a rifle.

In implementing the limited gag order on Friday, Jackson said it was necessary to "maintain the dignity and seriousness of the courthouse and these proceedings".

Stone has used the possibility of a gag order as a cudgel to attack the special counsel's office.

Prosecutors said Stone lied about it to the House Intelligence Committee and told a witness to lie about it too. Stone has stated that he wants to speak out about his case, because people who don't say anything when they are accused of crimes appear guilty to the public.

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