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Manafort Trial Off For Weekend

Still Have Not Reached A Verdict

August 17, 2018 - 5:16 pm

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The jury in the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been sent home for the weekend after concluding a second day of deliberations without reaching a verdict.

Judge T.S. Ellis III sent jurors home around 5 p.m. Friday. That's about a half-hour earlier than normal, at the request of a juror who had an unspecified event to attend.

The jury is weighing hundreds of pieces of evidence and an 18-count indictment accusing Manafort of tax fraud, bank fraud and failing to disclose foreign bank accounts. Prosecutors say Manafort hid from the IRS tens of millions of dollars he earned advising Ukrainian politicians. When the Ukrainian money dried up, prosecutors say he lied to obtain millions in bank loans to maintain his lifestyle.

The defense says prosecutors failed to prove their case.


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