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Virtual Legality Episode 172

The Unusual Sentencing of Roger Stone

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1y Feb 12, 2020
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The sentencing of Roger Stone has had more twists and turns than a Trump tweet or the Mueller investigation itself.

What was Roger Stone convicted of and what is the baseline sentence for his charges?

How do the federal sentencing guidelines work, and what does it mean to offer "enhancements" to the underlying offense?

Why did the Department of Justice (DOJ) immediately rescind its sentencing advice and offer a new "amended and supplemental" filing only one day after its initial request?

Why did all four prosecuting attorneys resign in the face of such supplemental memorandum?

And why should the whole affair shine a spotlight not just on the present case, but also on the failures of rote sentencing "guidelines" across the justice (and political) spectrum?

It's a full 10 level sentencing increase if you're uncivil...in Virtual Legality.

#RogerStone #Sentencing #Guidelines


Discussed in this episode:

"Trump ally Roger Stone found guilty of lying to Congress, witness tampering"
CNBC - November 15, 2019 - Kevin Breuninger/Dan Mangan
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/15/trump-friend-roger-stone-found-guilty-of-lying-to-congress.html

"Prosecutors ask for 7 to 9 years in prison for Roger Stone"
CNN - February 11, 2020 - Katelyn Polantz
https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/10/politics/federal-prosecutors-roger-stone-sentencing/index.html

"READ: DOJ Files New Watered Down Sentencing Memo For Roger Stone"
Talking Points Memo - February 11, 2020 - Josh Kovensky https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/read-doj-files-new-watered-down-sentencing-memo-for-roger-stone

"All 4 federal prosecutors quit Stone case after DOJ overrules prosecutors on sentencing request"
CNN - February 12, 2020
https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/11/politics/roger-stone-sentencing-justice-department/index.html

Federal Sentencing Guidelines
Sentencing Table
https://www.ussc.gov/guidelines/2018-guidelines-manual/annotated-2018-chapter-5

"Government's Sentencing Memorandum"
https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/10/politics/read-prosecutors-ask-for-7-to-9-years-in-prison-for-roger-stone/index.html

Federal Sentencing Guidelines
2K1.2 - Obstruction of Justice
https://www.ussc.gov/guidelines/2018-guidelines-manual/annotated-2018-chapter-2-e-k#NaN

"Trump congratulates Barr after prosecutors resign from Roger Stone case"
Axios - February 12, 2020 - Zachary Basu
https://www.axios.com/justice-department-roger-stone-sentencing-change-71e4253f-624a-465e-95b9-ea270faadfc6.html

""Government's Supplemental and Amended Sentencing Memorandum"
https://drive.google.com/file/d/19BPhKFlt7zZSOckoqsKqUfR6h6ISkcqQ/view


"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

CHECK OUT THE REST OF THE SERIES HERE:
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DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.


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