What is Going on with the Paul Manafort Jury
Today is the second full day that the jury in the Paul Manafort trial has been in deliberations and third day overall since they did have partial deliberations on Thursday.
Does it mean anything if the jury has not rendered a verdict?
I’ll keep saying that the jury is facing a mountain of evidence and eighteen charges. This isn’t a case where there is a video and a smoking gun. The jurors no doubt know what is at stake with this trial, especially since they were not sequestered.
Now, even if they had been sequestered, they know one charge is enough to put Manafort in jail for the rest of his life. One charge is equivalent to a death sentence, and with that, comes great responsibility.
Could the jury be deadlocked? We haven’t heard anything regarding that possibility. But remember, if there is a hung jury, there’s no doubt that Manafort will be tried again.
The jury will return tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. Today they finished up at 6:15 p.m. which is the latest they have been in deliberations, and that was at the jury’s request. Some have interpreted that as the jury is close to rendering their verdict.
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.