By Sarah N. Lynch and Jan Wolfe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday said she would stick to the sentencing schedule this week for Roger Stone, a longtime friend of President Donald Trump.
Stone is due to be sentenced on Thursday after he was found guilty in November of seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering.
A lawyer for Stone on Tuesday argued that Thursday’s sentencing hearing should be postponed until after Judge Amy Berman Jackson rules on a request he made for a new trial.
Berman Jackson rejected the proposed delay during a short conference call on Tuesday, saying Stone’s proposal would not be prudent and is not required by law.
The judge said the longtime Republican operative would not need to begin serving his sentence immediately.
(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch and Jan Wolfe; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)