U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson is facing a new kind of test with the sentencing of Roger Stone, as allegations of political bias hang over the Department of Justice’s jarring decision to overhaul its recommendation on how long the Trump ally should be sent to prison.
Jackson is now presented with two different DOJ recommendations ahead of Stone’s scheduled sentencing next week, after every prosecutor from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for D.C. who helped secure a guilty verdict in Stone’s November trial dropped off the case. Those withdrawals, as well as the resignation of one career prosecutor, were in protest of Main Justice’s decision to quash their initial proposal that Stone be sentenced to up to nine years in prison.
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