Tomeka Hart Bio – Wiki
Tomeka Hart is a Memphis native who works for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is also a frequent campaign donor to Democrats. She donated $100 to the Kamala Harris presidential campaign during Stone’s trial, according to FEC records.
She also donated to the presidential campaign of Julian Castro. Both Harris and Castro were seeking to oppose Trump in the 2020 presidential election. She also retweeted a post negative to Stone.
Hart was a foreperson to the Roger Stone jury. She is also a former member of the Memphis School Board, who has written numerous political posts on social media, some of which are also negative for President Donald Trump. Hart has written a Facebook post supporting prosecutors who resigned after the Justice Department overruled their tougher sentencing recommendation for Stone.
Who is Roger Stone
Roger Stone is a long-time political operative close to Trump. The U.S. Justice Department, under Trump appointee Bill Barr, has now reversed course on its sentencing recommendation for Stone, arguing that he should be treated more lightly. Trump has tweeted condemnation over the government’s treatment of Stone because the prosecution stemmed from the Robert Mueller investigation he regards as unfair. The DOJ’s reduced sentencing recommendation led to the resignation of multiple prosecutors.
Hart Said That She Wanted to ‘Stand Up’ for the Prosecutors Who Resigned
Hart has now spoken out in defense of the four prosecutors who resigned. She wrote on Facebook that she wants to “stand up” for them, according to CNN, which reviewed a copy of the post. Hart has now deleted her Facebook post.
Here is her full statement
I have kept my silence for months. Initially, it was for my safety. Then, I decided to remain silent out of fear of politicizing the matter.
But I can’t keep quiet any longer.
I want to stand up for Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed, Michael Marando, and Jonathan Kravis–the prosecutors on the Roger Stone trial who have all resigned from the case in response to the DOJ’s interference with their sentencing recommendation.
I’m standing up for them now because I was a juror on the case. In fact, I was the foreperson.
I am sharing the 22 November 2019 op-ed of Seth Cousins, another juror–and not just because he said this: ‘My favorite person on the jury was an African American woman from Tennessee.’
Seth perfectly articulated my sentiments. I couldn’t have written a better piece–so I share his. I admired his bravery in speaking out so soon after the trial. Read Seth’s piece, please.
I wasn’t ready. There had already been attempts at finding out who I was. Threats to expose my identity. For a moment I was afraid.
But I don’t live in fear. It is not my nature to be silent.
As Seth asserts, ‘We did not convict Stone based on his political beliefs or his expression of those beliefs. We did not convict him of being intemperate or acting boorishly. We convicted him of obstructing a congressional investigation, of lying in five specific ways during his sworn congressional testimony and of tampering with a witness in that investigation.’
The prosecutors who have now resigned did a masterful job of laying out every element of every charge, backed with ample evidence. As foreperson, I made sure we went through every element, of every charge, matching the evidence presented in the case that led us to return a conviction of guilty on all 7 counts.
It pains me to see the DOJ now interfere with the hard work of the prosecutors. They acted with the utmost intelligence, integrity, and respect for our system of justice.
For that, I wanted to speak up for them and ask you to join me in thanking them for their service.
According to CNN, the team of prosecutors originally recommended that Stone receive seven to nine years in prison after convictions that included lying to Congress and witness tampering, but the Barr-led DOJ then overruled that, asking for less.
This is what prosecutor Zelinsky said in his opening arguments on 6 November 2019 in the Stone trial, demonstrating the political overlay: “In a critical investigation of national importance, the defendant, Roger Stone, repeatedly lied under oath to a congressional committee and lied under oath to cover up his tracks.
The evidence will show that Roger Stone lied to the House Intelligence Committee because the truth looked bad. The truth looked bad for the Trump campaign and the truth looked bad for Donald Trump.”
Hart is a Former Teacher & Labor Lawyer
According to the bio, Hart “is a former middle and high school teacher, and a former labor and employment lawyer.”
Her Case.org bio says that she “holds a B.S. degree in Marketing Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; an M.B.A. from Kennesaw State University; and a J.D. from the University of Memphis.”
When the University of Tennessee honored Hart with an accomplished alumni award, she said, “I have dedicated my life’s work to ensuring other students like me have the resources for success in college from day one.”
She’s been appointed to positions by two governors, a Republican and Democrat.
In 2011, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam “appointed Hart as a Commissioner of the Education Commission of the States, a national non-partisan organization that helps states develop education policies,” the Case.org bio states. “Former Tennessee Governor, Phil Bredesen, selected her for Tennessee’s Race to the Top team, and he appointed her to the state’s Teacher Evaluation Advisory Committee and the First to the Top Advisory Council.”