Law professors immediately argued that Stone's post could be viewed as an illegal threat against a judge, and that he could end up behind bars for it. Law&Crime also noted at the time that it could result in a more restrictive gag order in his case.
Despite Stone removing the post soon after, and even filing an apology with the court, Judge Jackson is now ordering Stone to answer to her in person.
Stone told the New York Daily News that he "didn't notice the symbol in the corner", adding that it was "simply a photo of the judge off the internet". "Any inference that this was meant to somehow threaten the Judge or disrespect court is categorically false", Stone wrote in an Instagram post after taking down the second photograph.
"Through legal trickery Deep State hitman Robert Mueller has guaranteed that my upcoming show trial is before Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointed Judge who dismissed the Benghazi charges against Hillary Clinton and incarcerated Paul Manafort prior to his conviction for any crime", Stone's post was captioned.
Stone was indicted in January by a grand jury on charges brought forward by Mueller, who alleges that Stone sought stolen emails from WikiLeaks that could have damaged Trump's opponents in the 2016 presidential election while in coordination with senior Trump campaign officials.
He was placed under a gag order last week to prevent him from speaking in and around the court house.