A federal judge in Washington, D.C., rejected the notion “public criticism” or “pressure” have any bearing on a criminal sentencing, issuing a public statement Thursday night, according to The Hill.

“The Judges of this court base their sentencing decision on careful consideration of the actual record in the case before them; the applicable sentencing guidelines and statutory factors; the submission of the parties, the Probation Office of the victims; and their own judgement and experience,” U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell wrote in a statement.

“Public criticism or pressure is not a factor.”

The statement was rare, but the circumstances of Attorney General William Barr’s admonition to President Donald Trump to stop tweeting about criminal cases was equally rare – as were Trump’s tweets about the sentence recommendations of former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone.

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