Jury in Paul Manafort trial poses questions about reasonable doubt

Jury in Paul Manafort trial poses questions about reasonable doubt

When asked whether he'd pardon Manafort, Trump said, "I don't talk about that, no". "I think it's a very sad day for our country", Trump told reporters at the White House. Judge Ellis read the note aloud to court - which asked to leave at 5pm instead of 5.30pm.

The judge in the criminal trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort will hold a hearing Friday on whether to unseal the names and addresses of the jurors.

In the United States jury lists are presumed to be public unless a judge has good reason for keeping them secret. "I think it's very sad what they have done to Paul Manafort". He is broadly accused of hiding millions of dollars in profits made from representing Eastern European politicians, failing to pay taxes on that money, and then applying for bank loans fraudulently.

Trump's comments came as a 12-person jury continues to work toward a verdict on the 18 charges brought against Manafort by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

That the jurors gave the judge their questions at the end of the day as opposed to at various intervals before suggests cohesion because they were able to draft the questions, set them aside, and move on to other matters throughout the day, Litman said. While allegations of collusion are still being investigated, evidence of bank fraud and tax evasion unearthed during the probe has cast doubt on the integrity of Trump's closest advisers during the campaign.

The government says Manafort hid at least $16 million in income from the IRS between 2010 and 2014.

A number of media outlets had earlier requested the names of jurors.

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Ellis said he had already planned to unseal all materials "save one exception" after the trial ended.

Trump made his comments while the jury of six women and six men were deliberating behind closed doors on Friday morning. To convict Manafort, the standard the jury must use is to find he is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Manafort is now waiting for a jury to return a verdict in a financial crimes trial that could send him to jail for the rest of his life.

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

The jury had signaled in a note to Judge T.S. Ellis in the afternoon it would be going home for the weekend without a decision.

Manafort's lawyer, Kevin Downing, said the question about reasonable doubt is "a good sign", according to USA Today.

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