Manafort Jury Deliberations Reach Third Day

Jury in Paul Manafort trial poses questions about reasonable doubt
Trump Defends Manafort, a ‘Very Good Person’ Whose Trial Is ‘Very Sad’
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21 August, 2018

A spokeswoman for the US Marshals Service did not immediately comment.

"In a high profile case, the general assumption is that some outside information may accidentally reach a jury, despite jurors' best efforts to avoid relevant news", said jury consultant Roy Futterman.

On Friday, Trump issued a fresh defense of Manafort and called him a "very good person".

He also subsequently faced accusations of lying to banks to secure $20 million in loans after his Ukrainian income dried up. Manafort faces 18 charges of tax and bank fraud. "I think it's a very sad day for our country", he said.

"I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad".

BUT the charges that Manafort faces are the direct result of the special counsel investigation, led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion.

Trump again denounced the Mueller probe on Friday, calling it a "witch hunt", and - in an extraordinary commentary by a sitting president about an ongoing trial - weighed in on the Manafort case.

But Manafort's fate was far from clear.

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CNN is being accused of attempting to intimidate the Paul Manafort jury after the far-left cable channel (and six other anti-Trump outlets) requested the jurors' names and home addresses. It exposed details about the lavish lifestyle of the onetime political insider, including a $15,000 jacket made of ostrich leather and $900,000 spent at a boutique retailer in NY via global wire transfer.

Ellis made the announcement during an audience at a federal court while the jury was deliberating for a second day on Manafort's 18 charges of tax and banking fraud.

The jury briefly resumed deliberations after submitting the note.

During the trial, prosecutors have been frustrated by comments Ellis has made in front of the jury about the evidence and his frequent exhortations to move the three-week trial along at a quicker pace.

Ellis told the jurors they need to rely on their collective memory of the evidence to answer most questions. That included a request to "redefine" reasonable doubt.

Prosecutors say the government's case boils down to "Mr. Manafort and his lies".

Prosecutors accused him of hiding from U.S. tax authorities $16 million in money he earned as a political consultant for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.

Prosecutors accused Manafort, 69, of hiding from USA tax authorities $16 million in money he earned as a political consultant for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine to fund an opulent lifestyle and then lying to banks to secure $20 million in loans after his Ukrainian income dried up and he needed cash.


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