Trump “continues to spread the lie that inspired the attack almost daily,” she wrote in a statement on Thursday in which the defendant Karl Dresch was held in prison. “And anger over the false allegations continues to be fueled by multiple media outlets, as well as state and federal party leaders who intend to blame those who dare to question the version of the former president’s events.”
Dresch, like other Trump supporters, “is ready to do it again” because he believes civil war may be necessary and his allegiance to Trump, who continues to question the election, noted Jackson.
Your comment on Barr, the Capitol rioters, and the former president himself is not atypical as it comes from the DC District Court, where several judges have made headlines in recent years for being in the Trump administration and Trump-related criminals Actors have demanded a hard cover-up.
But Jackson has handled more of the best-known cases than perhaps any other district judge in Washington, and she still oversees historically important cases.
Jackson has repeatedly noted the culture of lies.
That same year she told former Trump campaign chairman Manafort, “What you did was lie to members of Congress and the American public.”
Take on lies
In the Manafort, Gates and Stone cases, and now the Capitol riot cases, she has sometimes spoken for more than an hour without a break, setting out her legal considerations and facts on the case.
At times these speeches have given her space to comment on what could be the defining aspect of the Trump years: disinformation.
For example, during Stone’s sentencing, she spoke at length about the audacity that he lied to Congress in order to protect the president.
In the Stone case – their last main defendant convicted from the Mueller era – Jackson made an even broader comment than before on the historical implications of what happened.
“If it’s not punished, it won’t be a victory for one party or the other,” she told him before sentencing him to 40 months in prison. (Trump granted grace to Stone prior to his handover date.)
“Everyone loses because everyone depends on the representatives they elect to make the right decisions on a variety of issues – many of which are politically charged, but many are not – based on the facts.”
Jackson declined to speak to CNN about her bank experience.
Robert Trout, a defense attorney who is a former colleague and mentor of Jackson, said that like many judges, she keeps the government and political officials high.
“Do I think she thinks her role in these high profile cases is history?” Trout said, answering a question from CNN how Jackson might rate their work. “No, I think she thinks she’s just doing her job. What is it about making history?”
Threats and intimidation
In the Stone case, Jackson also had to respond to political sniping and ad hominem attacks from Trump’s online sphere.
The hearing was dramatic – unusual for the federal judiciary, especially when compared to the Congress Halls and White House, where cameras capture Washington’s most performative moments.
Set a tone
Jackson has been in the bank for a decade since March.
Prior to her appointment to President Barack Obama, she worked as a line attorney and then as a defense attorney, gaining experience in high-profile litigation in courtrooms like the one she now heads. Defense attorneys who acknowledge her experience in her shoes now say she is not particularly sympathetic to either side of a case.
Their responses on Stone’s Instagram and the Justice Department’s recent handling of the obstacle log to Barr are not wrong, they say, as judges do not like to be threatened or harassed in their cases.
“All of the things she’s complained about go well with the mainstream response,” said a defense attorney who refused to use his name because he appeared in court in Jackson.
Shan Wu, who represented Gates in the Mueller investigation before pleading guilty, reiterated that Jackson had a fair approach. “Your behavior, be it in a sparsely populated courtroom or one crowded with national media, is always the same, and I think that says a lot about your integrity as a judge.”
In deciding the first sentence for a defendant on the Mueller investigation, Dutch attorney Alex Van Der Zwaan, Jackson gave him 30 days in prison for lying, a more significant sentence than other defendants with a similar crime.
Cases from the Trump era continue
The cases in recent years – Stone and Manafort’s in particular – gave Jackson one of the closest views of any person outside the Justice Department on foreign lobbying and Russian ties to American politics.
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