Tomeka Hart served because the foreperson on the jury that convicted former Trump affiliate Roger Stone in his trial for mendacity to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering associated to the 2016 presidential marketing campaign.
The previous Memphis Metropolis Faculties board president and ex-president and CEO of the Memphis City League, garnered nationwide consideration in February when President Trump tweeted that she confirmed “significant bias” after she defended 4 Justice Division prosecutors who abruptly stepped down when senior Justice Division officers intervened and lowered their sentencing suggestion for Stone.
“Now it looks like the fore person in the jury, in the Roger Stone case, had significant bias,” Trump tweeted Feb. 13. “Add that to everything else, and this is not looking good for the “Justice” Division.”
After Stone was sentenced to 40 months on Feb. 20, President Trump instructed an viewers in Las Vegas that Stone had a very good likelihood of being exonerated — and once more criticized Hart.
“It’s my strong opinion that the forewoman of the jury, the woman who was in charge of the jury, is totally tainted,” Trump said. “When you take a look, how can you have a person like this? She was an anti-Trump activist. Can you imagine this?”
“It’s my sturdy opinion that the forewoman of the jury, the girl who was accountable for the jury, is completely tainted.”
“This can be a girl who was an anti-Trump particular person, completely,” the president stated later. ” .. She had a horrible social media account. The issues she stated on the account have been unbelievable. She did not reveal that when she was chosen.”
“I assume they requested her a query, ‘Do you will have any bias?’ She did not say that, so is that an undermining of the court docket? You inform me.”
Beforehand, after the prosecutors within the Stone case stepped down, Hart posted on Fb that she couldn’t “hold quiet any longer.”
“I need to get up for Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed, Michael Marando, and Jonathan Kravis — the prosecutors on the Roger Stone trial,” Hart wrote within the publish. “It pains me to see the DOJ now intrude with the onerous work of the prosecutors. They acted with the utmost intelligence, integrity, and respect for our system of justice.”
“As foreperson, I made positive we went by way of each ingredient, of each cost, matching the proof offered within the case that led us to return a conviction of responsible on all 7 counts.”
Hart’s historical past of anti-Trump social media posts has included calling Trump supporters “racist” and quoting somebody who referred to Trump because the “#KlanPresident.”
Fellow juror Seth Cousins defended their responsible verdict in opposition to Stone and stated Hart was “maybe the strongest advocate within the room for a rigorous course of for the rights of the defendant and for ensuring that we took it severely and checked out every cost,” based on USA Today.
Hart, now based mostly in Washington, D.C., is a senior program officer for the Invoice and Melinda Gates Basis and has donated to Democrats, together with Sen. Kamala Harris and former Obama Cupboard member Julian Castro, based on Heavy.
In 2012, she unsuccessfully ran for Congress in Tennessee as a Democrat.
She can also be a former VP of strategic partnerships on the Southern Training Basis, VP of African American neighborhood partnerships for Train For America, and the president/CEO of the Memphis City League, based on her biography.
She beforehand labored as a center and highschool trainer and was a former labor lawyer.