Roger Stone, a close ally of President Donald Trump of long standing, has been cleared of defamation allegations on Friday. A former New York gubernatorial candidate previously accused Stone of using defamatory language on a campaign mailer.
New York Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Warren Redlich accused Stone as being the mastermind behind a 2010 campaign mailer where he was described as a “sick twisted pervert” and a “predator.”
The New York Daily News reported that whle the jury agreed that the language used in the mailer was indeed defamatory, there was no evidence that would prove that Stone was behind the mailer.
The jury forewoman said: “There was no evidence.”
The case was decided in Manhattan Supreme Court. Stone was happy with the decision and also expressed satisfaction with the justice system after the verdict was handed down. Stone said: “This victory is extremely gratifying and reinforces my faith in the fundamental fairness of our jury system and in the capacity of our judicial system to repel those who would deceitfully abuse it as a tool for political vendettas.”
Stone served as a GOP consultant. He is a known political fixer and longtime friend of Trump.
Redlich for his part expressed his disappointment over the decision but appeared ready to move on. He said: “I’m obviously disappointed. At the same time, I’m glad it’s over. It’s time to move on.”
While Stone is already cleared in the Redlich charges, he may not be completely off the legal hook yet as he faces another legal challenge in a separate case. It has something to do with the amicus brief filed by fourteen former national security, intelligence and foreign policy officials on December 8. The brief was part of a lawsuit filed by three individuals whose personal information was allegedly hacked during the DNC breach last year and published by WikiLeaks.