Jury in Paul Manafort's Case Asks Judge to Redefine 'Reasonable Doubt'

Jury in trial of ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort submits four questions to judge

Jury in Paul Manafort trial poses questions about reasonable doubt

"I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad, when you look at what's going on there", Trump told reporters Friday at the White House. "So, overall a very good day for Mr. Manafort".

"The fact that they are sending questions on reasonable doubt tells me that the group is divided", said jury consultant Alexandra Rudolph.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III, in rejecting the motion, argued that he's confident the jurors would be threatened as well if their information were to be made public. When asked whether he'd pardon Manafort, Trump said, "I don't talk about that, no".

Among the questions they have since sent to the judge was a request to define "reasonable doubt".

Trump spoke shortly after the jury in nearby Alexandria, Virginia. had begun its second day of deliberations. They are anxious that the jury, having heard the evidence, may not render the "right" verdict, i.e., the one that helps the Democratic Party.

Judge Ellis expressed his fears after a coalition of media organisations filed a motion requesting the names of jurors after the trial - as well as access to sealed transcripts of bench conferences that have occurred during the three-week trial.

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Trump and others in his orbit have largely attempted to distance themselves from Manafort, but the president has occasionally suggested his former campaign manager's treatment has been "very unfair".

Ellis said he has received threats related to the case.

Trump had previously indicated that he found Manafort's treatment by the Justice Department "very unfair". "There is at least one juror who has not decided the case and who is not convinced".

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.

But Andres alleged that when the stream of money from Yanukovych dried up four years ago, Manafort financed his lifestyle by securing about $20 million in bank loans in the U.S.by lying about his assets and debts on loan applications.

Judge Ellis also said he would withhold the names and addresses of jurors from media organizations, normally a matter of public record, due to threats that he did not detail, because jurors are not under protection. The case calls on the dozen jurors to follow the complexities of foreign bank accounts and shell companies, loan regulations and tax rules.

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