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Justice Served: Roger Stone Expected To Be Commuted By Trump As Early As Friday Night

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Mere days before his prison sentence was set to begin, Roger Stone is expected to have his sentence commuted by President Donald Trump, following a months-long battle by Stone for commutation. The President has said his trial should have been deemed a mistrial.

Fox News reported that the president could sign a commutation of Stone’s sentence as soon as Friday evening.

The longtime political operative was sentenced to more than three years in prison for a slew of charges stemming from Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian collusion — Stone says he is “wrongly convicted.”

Stone’s trial was widely criticized as a forewoman had anti-Trump and anti-Stone posts on her social media pages, showing her actions on the jury were blatantly poltiical.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson, during her reading of pre-written notes for the sentencing of Stone, read claims and charges against him that had nothing whatsoever to do with Russia nor the charges he was actually facing. Instead, she claimed it was about Stone’s belligerence — though he never testified — and she claimed that his motivation was to cover up for President Trump, despite this never being charged in the case. Evidence was never displayed in the trial, yet she named it as reason for the hefty sentence.

The longtime-Trump advocate told Sara Carter his only crime was not rolling over on President Trump — he refused to fabricate stories about the President, according to Stone, and this is why the full force of the FBI was used against him.

Stone was ordered to report to a medium-security facility in Jesup, Georgia next week — the same prison just released multiple child pornograpahers over concerns of COVID-19. Yet, the 67-year-old Stone lost his bid for serving his sentence at home — he told the Sara Carter Show this was a “death sentence” as he has pre-existing conditions and is highly vulnerable to the virus.

Trump recently said it was ‘incredible’ that It ‘wasn’t declared a mistrial or more.”

Stone was arrested by 29 heavily-armed officers, including the aquatic team, with weapons drawn in the early morning of Jan 25, 2019. Nevermind the fact that Stone is elderly and his wife is deaf, Mueller and his time felt the sleeping Stone was a threat big enough for a massive arrest — all captured by a CNN team camped in front of his Florida property.

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Stone recently told the Sara Carter Show exclusively that he was “praying fervently” for a commutation of his sentence. He said his fate was solely in his longtime friend President Donald Trump’s hands.

It looks like his prayers have been answered and justice was finally served in the case of Roger Stone.

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Minnesota farmer’s lawsuit prompts removal of race and sex-based grant program

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Five months after Minnesota farmer Lance Nistler filed a federal lawsuit with the help of the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), the state has removed race- and sex-based preferences from its Down Payment Assistance Grant Program. This significant policy change followed Nistler’s legal challenge, which highlighted the discriminatory nature of the program’s selection process.

Pacific Legal Foundation writes involvement in Nistler’s case drew attention and criticism from Minnesota progressives. Writing in the Minnesota Reformer, Sigrid Jewett accused PLF of using Nistler “as a pawn in a larger culture war game.” She questioned why a California-based legal firm with numerous Supreme Court victories would be interested in representing a small Minnesota farmer pro bono.

PLF opposes all race- and sex-based preferences in the law, and that’s the real reason the firm chose to represent Nistler. The foundation stands against discrimination in various domains, including government board selections, school admissions, government contracts, and grant distributions, such as in Nistler’s case.

Here are the facts: Minnesota’s Down Payment Assistance Grant Program offers up to $15,000 toward the purchase of farmland. Recipients are chosen through a lottery system. However, before the policy change, even if a recipient was among the first picked through the lottery—as Nistler was, being selected ninth—they could be bumped to the back of the line if they were not a racial minority, female, LGBTQIA+, or otherwise designated as an “emerging” farmer by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Despite being chosen ninth in the lottery, which awarded grants to 68 applicants, Nistler did not receive a grant. He was moved from ninth to 102nd on the waitlist because he is a white male.

Nistler grew up on his family farm, milking cows. “They would lose money every year,” he says of the family operation. After he left for school, his family sold the cows and switched to farming soybeans, oats, and wheat. Lance’s father and uncle now run the farm, but they’re getting older. Lance, who has a degree in electronic engineering and worked in HVAC, is interested in buying a 40-acre chunk of the family farm, becoming the fourth-generation farmer in his family.

The land isn’t just going to be given to Lance. This is a working farm, and the Nistlers aren’t a wealthy family that can transfer land from one generation to the next without consideration. “My dad and uncle, they don’t have 401(k)s or anything,” Lance says. “I mean, the land and the equipment, that’s their retirement. This stuff isn’t given away. I’m not just going to get it handed down to me and inherited. It has to be purchased, and it is not cheap.”

Despite being from a farming family, Lance considers himself a new farmer—he has never owned farmland before, and he has an electronics background. Buying these 40 acres would be a huge step for Lance, planting him firmly in the farming world, which is what Minnesota’s grant program aimed to do. The idea that he would have qualified as an emerging farmer if only his skin were a different color struck Lance as wrong.

“The country we live in, the idea is it’s equal opportunity for everyone,” he says. “And if that’s what it is, then well, why shouldn’t I have the same chances?”

When Lance filed his lawsuit in January, the complaint argued that the discriminatory process violated the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. The complaint stated:

“Nistler brings this lawsuit to vindicate his constitutional right to equal protection of the law. He brings it to give all Minnesotans a fair chance at a difference-making grant program. He brings it in the hope that he will be able to own that small farm in the near future. He brings it because he is not giving up on his dream.”

In May, after Lance called attention to the unconstitutional policy, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed legislation removing the race and sex prioritization from the program. Now, Minnesota will treat farmers equally—as the Constitution promises.

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