Judge Ellis Receives DEATH THREATS, Now Traveling with US MARSHALS — MANAFORT MAYHEM

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 19, 2018

"I'm no stranger to criticism".

"I don't feel right if I release their names", he said.

The jury also requested that the judge redefine "reasonable doubt".

"I'm not going to resent that", he said of the possibility media outlets will try to overturn his decision in the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The judge lives in Charlottesville but stays at a hotel on the weekdays when he works out of the Alexandria courthouse.

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

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. He declined to delve into specifics, but said he's been taken aback by the level of interest in the trial. He cited the "peace and safety of the jurors" in discussing what material under seal during the trial would be released at its conclusion.

"I had no idea this case would excite these emotions", Ellis added.

As things stand, I am not willing to guess which way the jury may end up ruling.

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.

Earlier in the day, Ellis said he was open to scrutiny.

The financial fraud trial is the first courtroom test of the ongoing Russian Federation probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Trump has repeatedly denied his campaign colluded with Russian efforts to manipulate the outcome of the election and regularly calls Mueller's investigation a "witch hunt". He happens to be a very good person. "I think it is a very sad day for our country".

The trial against Manafort is not related to the activities he carried out from March-August 2016 as head of the Trump campaign, a post he was forced to resign after it emerged he had failed to declare $US12.7 million ($A17.4 million) he received from Yanukovich.

Manafort is charged with 18 criminal counts of bank and tax fraud.

Westling attacked the government's contention that Manafort hid millions of dollars in offshore accounts to avoid USA taxes so he could fund the luxurious purchases.

In that testimony, an agent from the federal Financial Crimes Enforcement Network said multiple people could be required to file foreign banking disclosures on an account. Taxpayers must file reports separately from their tax returns. He has also complained about Manafort's supposed "unfair" treatment by prosecutors.

Ellis read the questions aloud to lawyers for both sides as well as Manafort before he called the jury in to give his answers.

Manafort and his wife, Kathleen, each owned 50 percent of his Ukrainian political consulting business, DMP International, which held some of the bank accounts. His attorneys told jurors to question the prosecution's case as they sought to tarnish the credibility of Manafort's longtime protege Rick Gates, who was the government's star witness.

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