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    MANAFORT VERDICT: Guilty on 8 Counts, Mistrial on 10 Others

    MANAFORT VERDICT: Guilty on 8 Counts, Mistrial on 10 Others

    The eight counts are related to bank and tax fraud.

    The jury in the Paul Manafort trial found him guilty on eight counts in connection to bank and tax fraud and the judge declared a mistrial on the other 10 counts.

    From The Wall Street Journal:

    *Of Verdicts, Manafort Found Guilty on All Five Counts of Tax Fraud

    *Manafort Also Found Guilty on One Count of Failure to File a Report on a Foreign Bank Account

    *Manafort Also Found Guilty on Two Counts of Bank Fraud

    *Mistrial Declared on Remaining Foreign-Bank-Account Charges and Bank-Fraud Counts

    The six men and six women of the jury were in their fourth day of deliberations Tuesday. Earlier, they heard two weeks of testimony in which prosecutors from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office alleged Mr. Manafort didn’t pay taxes on at least $16 million in income he earned through political consulting work in Ukraine during the early 2010s.

    The jurors also are weighing charges accusing the longtime political consultant of providing three U.S. banks misleading or false financial information to obtain more than $20 million in loans in 2016 and 2017. Mr. Manafort faces the possibility of more than a decade in prison if convicted.

    Earlier in the day the jury sent a question to the judge:

    The jury asked in a note signed by the foreman today: “If we cannot come to a consensus for a single count, how can we fill in the verdict sheet?”

    The jury note also said they needed a new verdict sheet, and they asked what not coming to a conclusion would mean for the “final verdict.”

    The wording left unclear whether the jury was unresolved on just one count, or 17 of the 18. I guess we’ll find out when the verdict is announced.

    The Judge told the jury to keep deliberating.

    Manafort faces another criminal trial in September “on charges of money laundering, conspiracy, acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government, and other counts.


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    WillS68 | August 22, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Ragspierre, I’ve gotta tell ya, I started following Legal Insurrection thanks to Andrew’s coverage of the Zimmerman trial. In many ways I’ve found your input instructive, insightful and entertaining. But the incessant need to always write tRump or Monofort when your old enough, smart enough and hopefully respectful enough to use proper names is a bit juvenile. Couple that with the retort of always calling others a liar or other names and it’s just exhausting. Part of me wants to believe a fourteen year old son, grandson, family friend or local golf course caddy has hacked your account and you’ve been to busy to notice.

    Thing is Manafort does seem to be a pretty sleazy guy and now he’s a convicted felon. Fine. I have empathy for him because of his family and I feel a great deal of sympathy over the fact that his prosecution was, without question, politically motivated. Understand, he’s guilty – the jury said so and I respect that. Yet, to paraphrase the late, great Frank Zappa; “great-googly-moogly” this would’ve never occurred but for a political desire to put Pres. Trumps head on a spike! Shoot, the DOJ had investigated Manafort and decided to punt – until a Special Counsel was appointed with unchecked resources and authority. IOW: yeah, Manafort is wrong but so too is the politically motivated prosecutor and as my fortune cookie once told me, “two wrongs don’t make a right”.

    In terms of Cohen, again he’s wrong – no doubt. But lets not play holier than thou games and act as if he or Pres Trump are the first folks to ever use an NDA. Again, its the political nature of the justice being sought that’s a problem for many folks, myself included.

    I wasn’t a Trump guy during the campaign and am not really one now. Still, I like the low unemployment, the consumer confidence, the renegotiation of NAFTA, the negotiations with NK (it means a great deal to me as a vet to see our boys home), the continued push on immigration,the SCOTUS appointment (soon to be two), the honest confronting of our NATO “allies” and so much more. Frankly, I’m impressed and think its even more impressive considering the daily coverage and open hostility by so many reporters, entertainers and average folks via Facebook and Twitter. Guys got some kinda weird mojo, I’ll give’em that.

    Anyhow just wanted to say that maybe you can consider a “reset” or wrestle the iPhone, laptop or tablet away from the adolescent firebomber that’s taken it over and become a bit more tempered and adult. Sure others have baited you and been equally as goofy but you have the power to stop it by not responding. If it helps, take FLOTUS Obama’s advice, “when they go low, you go high”. It’d help to restore some rational, adult, insightful comments IMO.

    I await the appeal.

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