It is a film the jury should refuse. The federal decide presiding over longtime Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone’s felony trial instructed jurors on Thursday to not watch “The Godfather” during the trial. “Don’t obtain ‘The Godfather’ on Netflix,” U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson informed the jury as testimony wrapped up for the day. The two days of testimony in Stone’s trial on charges of lying to Congress, obstructing justice and witness tampering have included quite a few references to the “Godfather” films.
Stone, 67, is accused of lying below oath about his efforts to contact WikiLeaks during the 2016 marketing campaign. Stone has mentioned he utilizing radio host and comic Randy Credico as a middleman to get messages to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Prosecutors stated that he threatened Credico to verify he did not cooperate with investigators, urging him to “do a Frank Pentangeli.” Pentangeli is a personality in “The Godfather: Half II” who’s pressured to deceive a congressional committee to keep away from implicating the pinnacle of the fictional Corleone crime household. Pentangeli lies to Congress after which kills himself afterward.
Before the trial started, prosecutors had requested to play the scene for the jury, but the choose denied the request. Stone’s lawyer, Bruce Rogow, told jurors in his opening assertion that his client was kidding around with Credico. He is famous that Credico “is an impressionist” and said Pentangeli is one in all his characters. Credico does make quite a lot of impressions — together with Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Invoice Clinton, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who’s not a fan of the “Godfather” movies. However, Pentangeli is not on his list, he stated. “He wasn’t any person I would do in my act,” he testified Thursday.