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Roger Stone Receives Sentence Of 40 Months; Possibility Of Retrial Or Pardon Looms

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Judge Amy Berman Jackson has sentenced Roger Stone to 40 Months in prison on Thursday after the Department of Justice recommended a sentence of nearly ten years before Attorney General William Barr intervened and walked the suggestion back.

However, there are still a few opportunities available for Stone to avoid spending a whole lot of this sentence in prison. Stone already put in a request for a retrial, which is currently pending, but there’s also the possibility that Trump could pardon him too.

Check out more on this from The Washington Examiner:

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Stone’s lawyers filed a motion for a retrial last week following revelations that the jury forewoman during his trial had a social media history of anti-Trump posts, and the judge hasn’t ruled on that yet. If Stone’s long shot challenge is successful, his sentence would be tossed, and the DOJ would have to try him again. The judge shot down a similar previous request.

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The DOJ’s D.C. office told the court last Monday it recommended Stone receive up to nine years behind bars, but Trump tweeted late that night that he “cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!” The DOJ reversed itself Tuesday, and the four line prosecutors on the case withdrew. The DOJ said its decision was made before Barr was aware of Trump’s position, and Trump denied placing pressure on the agency. The department walked back the “unduly high” sentence recommendation, suggesting three to four years instead but leaving it up to the judge.

In response, more than a thousand ex-DOJ prosecutors from Republican and Democratic administrations, including Democratic donors, officials named in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse report, CNN and MSNBC analysts, and a lawyer for Fusion GPS, signed a petition calling on Barr to resign because of the “damage” he’d done to the DOJ’s reputation.

“Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought,” Trump tweeted about Stone last week.

Stone often referred to himself as a “dirty trickster” who also happened to be a longtime confidant of President Trump. Stone got swept up into the Mueller investigation and arrested last January. Back in November he was found guilty of five separate counts of lying to the House Intelligence Committee during the Russia probe about his outreach to WikiLeaks.

He was also charged with an additional count that he “corruptly influenced, obstructed, and impeded” the congressional investigation as well as another one for allegedly trying to “corruptly persuade” a witness’s congressional testimony.

We’ll have to wait and see whether or not Trump pardons Stone, but it seems there’s a good chance it could happen, especially since Stone’s jury was full of folks with deep ties to the Democratic Party and anti-Trump sentiments, compromising his right to a fair trial.

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Amazon Rolls Out Creepy ‘Pay By Palm’ Hardware at Whole Foods

Is this one of the harbingers of a cashless society?

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Throughout much of modern history, Americans and their cash were two separate things.  One was a human being, breathing and walking about, earning money.  The money was an inanimate commodity of varying value that we used to keep the organism alive, fat, and happy. But in the future, it seems as though we may find ourselves intrinsically, and anatomically indistinguishable from our bank account.  In fact, it appears as though Amazon is banking on it. Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) said it is rolling out biometric technology at its Whole Foods stores around Seattle starting on Wednesday, letting shoppers pay for items with a scan of their palm. The move shows how Amazon is bringing some of the technology already in use at its namesake brick-and-mortar Go and Books stores to the grocery chain it acquired in 2017. The system, called Amazon One, lets customers associate a credit card with their palm print. It offers a contact-less alternative to cash and card payments, Amazon said. Of course, the move is being regarded as a terrifying leap into Orwellian territory by privacy experts, as it appears to push us ever closer to a cashless society where hackers and power failures could doom us all to poverty in the blink of an eye.

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Fraternal Order of Police Responds to LeBron James’ Tweet Fiasco

And they were NOT happy.

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The politicization of American sports has been ongoing for some time, perhaps decades, but the most recent acceleration of this melding has come thanks to the power of social media and the blurring of the line between celebrity and athlete. At the forefront of this movement has been the NBA, and, more specifically, superstar LeBron James. This week, James came under fire for a tweet in which he referenced the Derek Chauvin trial’s guilty verdicts, with a photo of another officer who was involved in the shooting of a young black girl and text stating “you’re next”. The tweet was seen as a threat by many, including the Fraternal Order of Police who responded harshly. On Wednesday, James tweeted a photo of the officer involved in the shooting with a caption reading “YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY.” The tweet has since been deleted. James was reacting to the deadly police shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant. Hours later, the National Fraternal Order of Police tweeted a photo of James’ original tweet, saying: “[email protected], with his vast resources & influence, should educate himself and, frankly, has a responsibility to do so, on the facts before weighing in. This is disgraceful & extremely reckless. The officer saved a young girl’s life. No amount of gaslighting will change that fact.” James attempted to walk back the tweet after deleting it, by issuing an explanation that garnered only a lukewarm response online.

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