Jurors may speak to the media and about their deliberations after the trial is over, and the judge complimented the several media organizations that had filed a request to obtain trial proceedings: "A thirsty press is essential in a free country", he said. In order to arrive at that verdict, the jury needs to determine based on evidence whether Manafort is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
"I had no idea this case would excite these emotions, quite frankly", Ellis said.
They are probing whether Trump associates conspired with Russian Federation to help Trump win the White House and whether Trump, as president, obstructed justice by trying to thwart the investigation.
To decide the case, jurors must sort through the complexities of US tax and banking laws.
Judge T.S. Ellis III has expressed skeptical opinions about the government's case from the outset.
In a note to the judge that said it wanted to go home at 5:30 p.m. (2130 GMT), the jury asked for a definition of "reasonable doubt". Prosecutors say Manafort hid from the IRS tens of millions of dollars he earned advising Ukrainian politicians. Ellis has been tough on the lawyers during the case, telling them to "rein in your facial expressions", urging prosecutors to speed up testimony and clashing with prosecutor Greg Andres during testimony by Manafort's former deputy.
Atkins noted that Donald Trump has a legal obligation to remain quiet about an ongoing trial, and that his words constitute a criminal attempt to tamper with the jury, which would be an impeachable offense. "I imagine they would, too", he said when explaining why he doesn't intend to make jurors' names public at the end of the trial.
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Manafort, who worked on the presidential campaigns of Republicans Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole, was Trump's campaign chairman from May to August 2016. Ellis said he didn't "feel right" releasing the names of the 12-person jury that has been deliberating since Thursday morning in Manafort's trial.
Asked whether he thought the fact the jury needed more time was a good sign for the defense, Manafort's lead attorney Kevin Downing told reporters: "I do".
Manafort faces up to 305 years in prison if convicted on all charges.
"I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad".
Trump had previously indicated that he found Manafort's treatment by the Justice Department "very unfair".
"Mr. Manafort appreciates the support of the president", he added. Manafort also was charged with receiving loans from the Federal Savings Bank after one of its executives sought a position in the Trump campaign and administration, according to prosecutors.
Manafort's trial in federal court is the first stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election.