Judge in Manafort trial says he's been threatened over case

Jury in trial of ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort submits four questions to judge

Manafort Trial Jury Asks About 'Reasonable Doubt' at End of First Day of Deliberations

I think it's a very sad day for our country.

"I'm going to do that, maybe five minutes before", Ellis said Friday afternoon, shortly before dismissing the jurors.

"If you're Paul Manafort and you hear about that and we all know Paul Manafort's heard about that, it's hard to read that as anything other than a message to Manafort, hold on, don't cut a deal with the government while the jury is out, which defendants sometimes do". "I think instead he's engaged in a campaign strategically created to communicate to some of his former friends like Paul Manafort, like Cohen, and in essence dangle pardons on Twitter".

The judge presiding over the trial of former Trump presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort will not release the names and addresses of jurors to prevent exposing them to threats similar to what he has received, he said Friday.

Judge T.S. Ellis III revealed at the Paul Manafort trial Friday that he has been threatened during proceedings.

Judge T.S. Ellis told the jury they need to rely on their collective memory of the evidence to answer most questions. At the end of each day, Ellis has reminded the jurors not to discuss the case with anyone, read any media reports or do any research on their own.

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

The financial fraud trial is the first courtroom test of the Russian Federation probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Prosecutors said Manafort had collected $65 million in foreign bank accounts from 2010 to 2014 and spent more than $15 million on luxury purchases in the same period, including high-end clothing, real estate, landscaping and other big-ticket items.

"I do somehow think he has gotten his back up personally about Greg Andres". He told attorneys "I'm no stranger to criticism", but said "this case has brought it to a new level".

The prosecution could request a mistrial, but such a maneuver was very unlikely, Mr Ohlin said.

The jury concluded its first day of deliberations Thursday with a series of questions to the judge.

The case calls on the dozen jurors to follow the complexities of foreign bank accounts and shell companies, loan regulations and tax rules.

It is unusual for a United States president to make comments about the character of a defendant in an ongoing trial and criticise the legal proceedings.

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