USA v. STONE
MOTION to Seal Case by USA as to ROGER JASON STONE, JR. (Attachment: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(zvt)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Roger Jason Stone, Jr.
Grand Jury Original
Defendant. 18 U.S.C. § 1505 (Obstruction of Official
18 U.S.C. § 1001 (False Statements)
18 U.S.C. § 1512(b)(1) (Witness Tampering)
18 U.S.C. § 2 (Causing an Act to be Done)
MOTION FOR SEALING OF THE INDICTMENT, WARRANTS, THE INSTANT
MOTION AND TO DELAY ENTRY ON THE PUBLIC DOCKET OF
THE FILING OF THIS MOTION TO SEAL AND ALL RELATED MATTERS
The United States of America, by and through Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III,
respectfully moves this Court to seal the accompanying Indictment, arrest warrant, and the instant
motion to seal, and to delay entry on the public docket of this motion to seal and all related matters
until the defendant named in the indictment is in custody. In the support of this motion, the
government states as follows:
The defendant in this case has been indicted for obstruction, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §
1505; false statements, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001; witness tampering, in violation of 18
U.S.C. § 1512(b)(1); as well as aiding and abetting, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2.
Law enforcement believes that publicity resulting from disclosure of the Indictment and
related materials on the public record prior to arrest will increase the risk of the defendant fleeing
and destroying (or tampering with) evidence. It is therefore essential that any information
concerning the pending indictment in this district be kept sealed prior to the defendant’s arrest.
Accordingly, the government submits that under Washington Post v. Robinson, 935 F.2d
282, 289 n.10 (D.C. Cir. 1991), these facts present an extraordinary situation and a compelling
governmental interest that justifies not only the sealing of the Indictment and all other pleadings,
warrants, records, and files in this case, but also a short delay in the public docketing of these
sealed pleadings and the accompanying order until the defendant’s arrest.
A proposed order accompanies this motion.
ROBERT S. MUELLER III
Dated: January 24, 2019
Jeanie S. Rhee
Andrew G. Goldstein
Aaron S.J. Zelinsky
L. Rush Atkinson
The Special Counsel’s Office
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