Jury begins 3rd day of deliberations in Manafort fraud trial

Jury in Paul Manafort trial poses questions about reasonable doubt

In the United States jury lists are presumed to be public unless a judge has good reason for keeping them secret.

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

"I've received criticism and threats", he said, without elaborating. Both in my own personal experience and in the many high-profile jury trials that we've seen in recent years I have seen far too many examples of cases where speculation that a particular jury is headed in one direction or another ends up being completely wrong.

Judge T.S. Ellis III has expressed skeptical opinions about the government's case from the outset. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Marshals Service did not immediately comment.

Judge Ellis, sitting in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington, said he himself was being guarded by a U.S. marshal. The jury will return Monday at 9:30 a.m.to begin a third day of deliberations on 18 counts, including tax and bank fraud and failure to disclose foreign bank accounts. 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. When you look at what's going on, I think it's a very sad day for our country.

Manafort's attorney Kevin Downing said Friday that his client's team "really appreciates the support of President Trump".

Trump has made previous comments criticizing various federal judges and courts and has been harshly critical of Mueller, a former FBI director who is investigating whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation, an allegation the president and Moscow deny.

Donald Trump has claimed a trial investigating his former campaign manager is "very sad".

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But Manafort's fate was far from clear. Paul Manafort briefly worked for Trump's campaign in 2016. 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 worldwide wire transfer.

In an indication that the six women and six men of the jury may not reach a verdict on August 17, they sent the judge a note asking that they be permitted to finish their work for the day at 5 p.m. because one juror has a social engagement.

The jury briefly resumed deliberations after submitting the note.

The evidence for the two trials largely doesn't overlap, according to a court filing Thursday from Manafort's legal team.

Manafort's defense says he wasn't culpable because he left the particulars of his finances to others.

In any case, while the prosecution put up what seems from a distance like a fairly strong case, the defense chose not to present any evidence or call any witnesses.

Manafort, 69, is accused of providing fraudulent statements to secure bank loans and failing to pay taxes on tens of millions of dollars he earned while advising Russian-backed politicians in Ukraine between 2006 and 2015.

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