Judge in Paul Manafort trial received threats

Hannah Rogers
August 20, 2018

"I've received criticism and threats", he said, without elaborating.

The judge also said he would not release the names and addresses of jurors sought by media outlets because he was anxious about their "peace and safety". I imagine they (the jurors) would too. "The Marshals go where I go".

It is unusual for a US president to comment about the character of a defendant in an ongoing trial and criticize the legal proceedings.

As the jury continued to consider their verdict on Friday, Mr Trump called Mr Manafort a "very good person". The jury requested to be dismissed at 5 p.m.so one of it's 12 members could attend a previously scheduled event. They return Monday morning. He said if jurors' names were exposed they would be threatened as well, and for their "peace and safety", he would not release their names.

"I had no idea this case would excite these emotions, I will tell you frankly", Judge Ellis added.

Ellis replied by reading the legal instructions he provided Wednesday, which stated people who control more than 50 percent of a company with foreign bank accounts must file FBARs if they control "disposition of money, funds, or other assets held in a financial account by direct communications".

Ellis told the jurors they need to rely on their collective memory of the evidence to answer most questions.

The judge made the comments after receiving requests from the media for the jurors' personal information.

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The judge said he would not be revealing the jurors' names because of his safety concerns.

"Manafort's defense team strayed into a few different areas of argument that they were expressly prohibited from bringing up in front of the jury", said Maddow.

Ellis, a famously prickly judge known for his colorful comments, has attracted considerable attention during the Manafort trial for his frequent sparring with the attorneys - particularly those on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team. He was Trump's campaign chairman from May to August 2016.

"He happens to be a very good person", Trump said.

"I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad, when you look at what's going on there". Asonye "turned to the reporter with a smile", the Times reports, and said, "Sorry, I can't talk to you".

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. In all, he faces 18 felony counts of tax evasion and bank fraud.

Prosecutors say the 69-year-old dodged taxes on millions of dollars he made lobbying for Ukrainian politicians.

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