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Friday
Aug172018

Manafort Judges Faces Threats and Tries to Protect Jurors

Paul Manafort's case is the first trial brought by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team involving the Russia collusion investigation.  While the trial itself has nothing to do with the collusion question, Mueller clearly has the right to bring such charges.  This issue has been addressed now by multiple courts.

That being said, this first trial is almost done. Both the government and the defense have put on their cases and made closing arguments. Further, the jury has had the case for two days and counting. Today, Judge Ellis made it clear that not only is there a lot of attention on this case, threats have apparently been made on the Judge's life and he has brought in Federal Marshals to protect him. Even more, he said that he was concerned about the potential safety of the jurors if their identities was known.  As a result, he decided not to release their names.

This is going to be an interesting week coming up and the jury continues to deliberate.  I appear on Press TV Iran to discuss.  

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