Manafort jury sent home for the weekend

by Garry Watts August 21, 2018, 0:35
Manafort jury sent home for the weekend

"I had no idea this case would excite these emotions, I will tell you frankly", Judge T.S. Ellis said in court, as the jury continued its second day of deliberations in the case.

Judge T.S. Eliis III said during a hearing Friday afternoon he is concerned for the "peace and safety of the jurors".

The judge in the tax- and bank-fraud trial against onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort said Friday he's been threatened over the case, denying a request from media outlets to release the names and addresses of the jurors.

But President Donald Trump has expressed a keen interest in Manafort's fate as he seeks to publicly undermine Mueller's probe.

"I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad", Trump told reporters before boarding Marine One on Friday. "I think it's a very sad day for our country", he said.

"If you're Paul Manafort and you hear about that - and we all know Paul Manafort's heard about that - it's hard to read that as anything other than a message to Manafort: 'Hold on, don't cut a deal with the government while the jury is out'". He happens to be a very good person.

The judge presiding over the fraud trial of former Trump campaign Paul Manafort says he won't release the names of jurors at the trial's conclusion because he fears for their safety and because he himself has received threats. "Thank you very much".

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The trial is the first stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia's meddling in the 2016 USA election. In all, he faces 18 felony counts of tax evasion and bank fraud. Ideally, the jurors would have been carefully screened for excess partisan sentiment, but that would be extraordinarily hard given that Judge Ellis" so-called "rocket docket'; only spent less than a day to impanel the entire jury. Since 1995's landmark O.J. Simpson trial, jury deliberations in controversial acquittals have often themselves become media-driven news cycles.

However, some legal experts expressed concern that Trump's comments might still be viewed - inadvertently or otherwise - by jurors over the weekend. When the Ukrainian money dried up, prosecutors say he lied to obtain millions in bank loans to maintain his lifestyle.

Earlier Friday morning, Ellis acknowledged facing pushback about how he's handled this case.

Prosecutors said Manafort had collected $65 million in foreign bank accounts from 2010 to 2014 and spent more than $15 million on luxury purchases in the same period, including high-end clothing, real estate, landscaping and other big-ticket items.

Manafort's defense team, which rested its case without calling any witnesses to testify, said the prosecution failed to sufficiently prove Manafort's guilt.

Manafort, who worked on the presidential campaigns of Republicans Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole, was Trump's campaign chairman from May to August 2016. They also asked the judge to define "reasonable doubt".

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