photo of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, which included
a symbol that appeared to represent crosshairs, was later taken
An attorney for Stone said in a filing in the United States
District Court for the District of Columbia that Stone
"apologizes to the Court for the improper photograph and
comment" and said "Mr. Stone recognizes the impropriety and had
The judge issued a gag order on Friday that prohibits lawyers
involved in the case from speaking with the news media and
prohibits other participants, such as Stone himself, from making
statements that may affect the case when they are near the
"A photo of Judge Jackson posted on my Instagram has been
misinterpreted. This was a random photo taken from the
Internet," Stone said in a statement posted to Instagram. "Any
inference that this was meant to somehow threaten the Judge or
disrespect court is categorically false."
Stone has pleaded not guilty to charges of making false
statements to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering in
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russia's role in the
2016 U.S. election and whether President Trump's Republican
campaign conspired with Moscow.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Andy Sullivan; Editing by Dan
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