Manafort Jury asks judge to define 'reasonable doubt' during deliberations

Clay Curtis
August 20, 2018

As former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort sits behind bars awaiting a verdict on charges of bank and tax fraud, President Trump is paying close attention.

He said that he personally has received threats and is now under the protection of USA marshals.

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. Trump said that the "whole Manafort trial is very sad", words that political analyst David Atkins said could constitute an attempt to tamper with Manafort's jury and lead to an acquittal.

The judge overseeing the Paul Manafort trial warns the jury is "scared" as they head home failing to reach a verdict for the second day in a row. But, you know what, he happens to be a very good person.

The jury in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's fraud trial has submitted a note to the court asking to stop deliberations half an hour early Friday.

The federal trial in Virginia is the first stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 15-month-old investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 United States presidential election. He faces 18 felony counts on tax evasion and bank fraud.

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But he said they were enough to make him wary of making the names of the 12 jurors and four alternates public, in response to a request from media organizations. They sought to unseal records in the case, including information about the jurors.

Prosecutors contend Manafort was paid millions of dollars for consulting work for Ukraine's former president, putting money in secret offshore accounts and hiding income from the IRS.

On August 17, Trump criticized Mueller's prosecution of Manafort.

Manafort worked on the presidential campaigns of three Republican presidents in the 1970s and 1980s - Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush - as well as Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole in the 1990s.

CNN has a history of going after private individuals who do things that offend the network's political sensibilities, like that time one of their reporters threatened to dox a Reddit user unless he (or she) was nicer to the news network. Jury lists are considered to be public unless a judge bans any access to them.

Ellis said that he was shocked there was so much interest in the case. "The government is not required to prove the defendant guilty beyond all possible doubt, only beyond all reasonable doubt".

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