Paul Manfort Jury Back to Deliberating Today
Today is the second full day that the jury in the Paul Manafort trial will be deliberating. They are likely to start at 9 or 9: 30 a.m.
If a verdict is not decided today, that no doubt will get the media and legal experts thinking on what is going on inside the jury room. However, there might be clues.
Manafort’s trial is complex. It deals with financial fraud which for the most part is boring to everyone except for accountants.
In total, Manafort is facing eighteen charges. The jury may be disagreeing as to which charges Manafort should be convicted on.
The jury has already asked the judge for further elaboration of what “reasonable doubt” means, but as I mentioned previously, that is a standard request by jurors.
The jury also wanted clarification on reporting requirements on foreign bank accounts.
Regardless of the outcome in this case, Manafort has his next trial scheduled for September 17 before the honorable U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson.
If Manafort is convicted in his first trial will he flip? At that point, the second trial is useless since one charge is enough to serve as a death sentence considering Manafort’s age. I find it hard to believe that with a conviction, Manafort won’t start cooperating with the Special Counsel Mueller investigation unless President Trump steps in.
Keep on eye on President Trump with the Manafort verdict. An acquittal, and we know the answer already: witch hunt. However, a conviction and Trump will continue with the same mantra. Late last week President Trump said about Manafort:
“I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad. He happens to be a very good person. And I think it’s very sad what they’ve done to Paul Manafort.”
In my legal opinion, that is not only obstruction of justice, it’s a “I got your back” sign by Trump to Manafort’s attorneys.
What are the odds Manafort gets convicted and President Trump does not pardon him? That is only logical explanation as to why Manafort went to trial in the first place considering the overwhelming amount of evidence against him.
Besides, since when do Presidents comment on ongoing legal issues? Never.
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.
Alexander Hernandez is a practicing attorney since 1999 who enjoys blogging about politics when he is not riding his motorcycles or playing golf. He is also an Amazon best selling author.