Manafort judge says he fears for jurors' safety


The judge presiding over the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort said on Friday he personally had received threats related to the trial and was being protected by US marshals.

The US federal judge hearing the case against former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort says that he has been threatened.

Speaking to reporters on Friday in the White House lawn, Trump called the whole trial "sad".

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis has denied a motion members of the media filed to reveal the identities and home addresses of the members of the jury on the trial involving former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Along with the question on reasonable doubt, the jury asked about the list of exhibits, rules for reporting foreign bank accounts and the definition of "shelf companies", a term used during the trial to describe some of the foreign companies used by Mr Manafort.

The trial carries major implications for the future of the Mueller investigation.

The case that Bob Mueller has brought against Paul Manafort has nothing to do with Donald Trump or the 2016 election.

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Prohibitions on jurors reading about a case they are deciding are hard to enforce in the smartphone era, said Jens David Ohlin, a professor of criminal law at Cornell University. But he said they were enough to make him wary of making the names of the 12 jurors and four alternates public, in response to a request from media organizations.

"I can tell you there have been [threats]".

Judge TS Ellis also said he had received threats himself over the case. He cited the "peace and safety of the jurors" in discussing what material under seal during the trial would be released at its conclusion.

"A thirsty press is essential to a free county", he said.

The trial has not touched on Russian Federation or the 2016 election.

Along with hours of testimony about Manafort's finances, Gates acknowledged he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort, in part to finance an extra-marital affair in London, and lied about his own role in hiding money in offshore accounts. He faces 18 felony counts on tax evasion and bank fraud. "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".

In closing arguments this week, prosecutor Greg Andres told the jury, "The government asks you to return the only verdict that is consistent with the evidence, which is guilty on all charges". "This is a case about lies". At trial, Manafort's lawyers suggested their client might have believed he did not have to file such forms, because the companies in question were set up under his consulting firm.