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Mon Oct 21, 2019, 11:36 AM

Prosecutors can't show Godfather II clip at Roger Stone trial, judge rules

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)Federal prosecutors can't show a clip from the film "The Godfather Part II" at a trial as they try to prove to a jury that Roger Stone threatened a witness, a federal judge said Monday.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the federal district court in Washington said showing the clip -- which prosecutors wanted to do because Stone referred to it in a conversation with his associate Randy Credico, whom he allegedly threatened -- could prejudice the jury. They can't show it "because the prejudicial effect of the videotape, which includes a number of extraneous matters, outweighs its probative value," she wrote.

The jury will be able to see a transcript of the relevant scene in the movie, Jackson said. And it's possible prosecutors could ask her again to consider showing a clip from the film after Credico testifies or if Stone takes the stand, she said.

Stone has pleaded not guilty. The trial is set to start November 5.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/21/politics/godfather-ii-roger-stone/index.html



I know the scene they are talking about and I guess they wanted to underscore that Stone apparently mentions the scene and they want to show the jury exactly what he was referring to regarding witness tampering...

This is the scene they apparently wanted to show -



The original motion was filed in July so this is the ruling on it.

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BumRushDaShow Oct 21 OP
ProudMNDemocrat Oct 21 #1
unblock Oct 21 #2
Mike 03 Oct 21 #3
FrankfurtCat Oct 21 #4
LeftInTX Oct 21 #5
tosh Oct 21 #6
former9thward Oct 21 #8
former9thward Oct 21 #7

Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 11:41 AM

1. Do they have to ge tthe okay from Coppola first?

Makes me wonder since it was he who shot that scene.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 11:46 AM

2. Hahahaha!!

I get the relevance, but yeah, I certainly agree that a clip from The Godfather would be rather prejudicial....

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 11:48 AM

3. How about an all-night movie marathon projected against the facade of the White House?

Godfather I and II
Goodfellas
Casino
The Departed
Black Mass

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Response to Mike 03 (Reply #3)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 11:59 AM

4. Great idea, Mike 03😸

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Response to Mike 03 (Reply #3)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 12:30 PM

5. Idiocracy is more like it!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 04:17 PM

6. What happens if...

the jury ASKS to see it during their deliberations? 🤔

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Response to tosh (Reply #6)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 05:38 PM

8. The jury will be told No.

The jury does not run a courtroom.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 05:37 PM

7. In my experience when prosecutors resort to stunts they have a weak case.

I don't know of any courtroom that would have allowed it.

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