Published: Sun, August 19, 2018

Judge denies media request to publish names of Manafort jurors

Judge denies media request to publish names of Manafort jurors

District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III earlier that day declined a motion from news organizations seeking the personal information of the 12 jurors.

Ellis also denied the media's request to make sealed sidebar transcripts public, although he added that much of those transcripts will be made public after the trial.

The judge presiding over Paul Manafort's federal fraud and tax crime trial said on Friday that he travels with the protection of US marshalls after receiving threats.

President Donald Trump has said that his former campaign manager is being "treated unfairly by our government" on Friday.

"I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad", Trump told reporters before boarding Marine One on Friday.

"The Marshals go where I go", Ellis said, confirming the existence of his recent security detail. "He worked for me for a very short period of time".

The jury in the bank and tax fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort ended its first day of deliberations on Thursday without reaching a verdict but with several questions, including how to define "reasonable doubt".

A trial now underway in Alexandria, Virginia, is the first case brought by special counsel Robert Mueller to go to trial. If convicted on all the charges, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Manafort is now waiting for a jury to return a verdict in a financial crimes trial that could send him to jail for the rest of his life.

Good for Judge Ellis. Jury lists are considered to be public unless a judge bans any access to them. He declined to release those names, citing threats he had received and the fact that he is now receiving US marshals service protection.

The charges Manafort faces are unrelated to his work for Trump's campaign.

That the jurors gave the judge their questions at the end of the day as opposed to at various intervals before suggests cohesion because they were able to draft the questions, set them aside, and move on to other matters throughout the day, Litman said. They sent a note to the judge asking to wrap up at 5 p.m. instead of 5:30 p.m. because a juror had an event to attend.

But Mueller's team has proven to be quite taciturn, The New York Times reports, going so far as to withhold comment about their lunch orders. Prosecutors had contended Manafort used shelf companies in Cyprus to control the offshore accounts and move Manafort's money, according to the Post.

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