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July 13, 2020

ABA President Judy Perry Martinez statement Re: Presidential commutation of Roger Stone sentence

The American Bar Association is deeply troubled by the decision to commute the 40-month prison sentence of Roger Stone. A longtime friend and political consultant to the President, Stone was convicted by a jury on seven charges including lying to Congress and witness tampering, conduct that threatens the integrity of our legal processes.

While the Constitution affords the President broad power to commute, that power, like the power to pardon, should be exercised only through an orderly process with careful consideration given to the rule of law. Neither power should be used to undermine justice or law enforcement.