The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

In the United States, discovery—the requirement that opposing attorneys share evidence in legal cases—has become even more complicated thanks to modern digital communications. And nowhere is that more evident than in the case of veteran Republican Party operative and self-described “dirty trickster” Roger Stone, who was arrested by well-armed FBI agents early Friday morning, January 25 in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

The 66-year-old Stone is facing seven criminal charges at the federal level, including five counts of making false statements, one count of witness tampering and one count of obstruction of justice. Following his arrest, FBI agents seized several years’ worth of Stone’s communications—many of them digital. And federal prosecutors, according to the Daily Beast, have asked for more time to bring Stone to trial because the discovery process is “both voluminous and complex” and adds up to “several terabytes of information.”

On January 31, Mueller’s team filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia requesting an exception to the Speedy Trial Act because there is so much evidence for prosecutors and Stone’s defense to sort through. Stone’s attorneys did not oppose the motion.

The digital evidence includes Stone’s Apple iCloud and e-mail accounts. The FBI has also seized Stone’s computers, hard drives and smartphones.

To further complicate things, a separate team of FBI agents must separate communications that are privileged: for example, Stone’s communications with his defense attorneys, which are protected by attorney/client privilege.

But communications that will be used as evidence in the case must be shared by Mueller’s team and Stone’s defense attorneys as part of the discovery process—whether they be text messages, e-mails or files on a laptop. 

Plowing through all those communications, Mueller’s team will be analyzing, among many other things, Stone’s communications with the Donald Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential race and his efforts to communicate with Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks through an intermediary that year.

In 2016, WikiLeaks published the stolen Democratic e-mails of John Podesta (Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager) and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The hacker who stole those e-mails went by “Guccifer 2.0”; Mueller believes that Guccifer was a Russian intelligence official based in Moscow, but Stone has maintained that there is no evidence proving that Guccifer was Russian.

 

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Praising Biden, Macron Agrees ‘US Is Back’ Image via @Wikimedia Commons

Praising Biden, Macron Agrees ‘US Is Back’
Although former President Donald Trump and his MAGA ally Steve Bannon have been enthusiastic supporters of Marine Le Pen — the far-right National Rally leader and White nationalist who lost to President Emmanuel Macron in France’s 2017 presidential election — many on America’s right have been quick to bash France over the years, including the country’s economic policies. But liberal economist and New York Times opinion writer Paul Krugman, in his January 14 column, argues that France’s economic policies during the COVID-19 pandemic have been a succ

ess.

“For as long as I can remember,” Krugman writes. “U.S. media coverage of the French economy has been relentlessly negative…. The data never actually supported this negativism. What was really going on, I believe, was that business and economic discourse in the United States is strongly shaped by conservative ideology — and given that ideology, France, with its huge social expenditure, high taxes and extensive economic regulation, should have been a basket case. So, reporting about France seized on every negative development as a sign that the long-awaited disaster was finally arriving.”

Keep reading... Show less
AOC Burns Ingraham In Twitter War Over Virus Impact On Minorities
AOC Burns Ingraham In Twitter War Over Virus Impact On Minorities

We're nearly three years into one of the worst pandemics to hit the country--and the world--in the last hundred years. Even though vaccines and booster shots are readily available, we're still forced to endure a never-ending sea of ignorance and sickening misinformation from far-right psychopaths. Among those far-right psychopaths is partisan hack and terrible human Laura Ingrahm of Fox News. Much like her equally awful co-worker Tucker Carlson, Ingraham has devoted airtime to constantly spreading lies and misinformation about the vaccine, which is pretty odd when considering that her chief demographic is the vulnerable elderly population.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley recently tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday, and CNN reports that Gen. David Berger, commandant of the Marine Corps, also tested positive. While most sane and decent human beings would want to wish the American general well, Ingraham is a morally depraved monster and chose to delight in the man getting Covid.

Keep reading... Show less
x
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}