- - Thursday, March 14, 2019

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Clearly, Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointee and politically biased hack, should never have been allowed to sit in judgment of the Paul Manafort and Roger Stone cases (“Trump’s ex-lawyer slams Obama-appointed judge for Manafort sentence: ‘hysterical overreach,’” Web, March 13).

Paul Manafort was targeted by the Mueller investigation because he worked for a short period of time on the Trump campaign. Interestingly, the crimes he committed were done while he was working for Hillary Clinton and had nothing to with the Mueller “Russia” investigation. Judge Jackson sentenced the 70-year-old Manafort to seven-and-a-half years in prison, where he will probably die.

Roger Stone was caught in the “procedural crime” of lying to Congress, and Judge Jackson slapped him with a gag order so he couldn’t defend himself against a criminally biased media and judge.

Judge Jackson is also the judge who threw out the lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, filed by the families of two of the Americans murdered in Benghazi in 2012. Unforgivable.

In the face of these blatant political rulings and obviously harsh sentencing, I would ask the president to pardon both Manafort and Mr. Stone — not only to fix a judicial injustice but to show the globalist Democrats that they cannot use politically weaponized courts to punish and intimidate political opponents.

MICHAEL A. PACER

Paso Robles, California

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