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Müller-team lectures from judges in day 2 of the study Manafort
Prosecutors stop using the word ‘oligarchs’, to describe the rich Ukrainians, the treated Manafort.
The Federal judge presiding over the fraud trial of ex-trump-campaign-Chairman Paul Manafort rebuked Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the team again on Wednesday, highlighting potential areas of weakness in the first prosecution arising from Müller’s ongoing Russia-probe.
The 78-year-old Reagan-appointed judge T. S. Ellis, sent the jury from the courtroom several times, as he recalls, prosecutors, Manafort, is on trial for simply using a “lavish lifestyle.”
Ellis was also surprised, as she told the courtroom late Wednesday, when he said, “I am the end of hope, in this case, but much sooner than anyone anticipated.”
The study was expected to last three weeks. Earlier in the day, prosecutors, the judge thought it said the government could wrap up its case by the end of next week.
Prosecutors presented a variety of exhibits and several witnesses to paint the as part of your effort are in the process of the call, Manafort, how to report a tax scofflaw who has failed the money for luxury goods spending to get — then lied to bank loans, when its foreign consulting work dried up.
But the Müller team was dismissed by Ellis, when it tries to photos of Manafort to introduce the cabinets, filled with suits and other high-end article of clothing. Ellis noticed that the photos look, finally, fodder for the media, and called it “unnecessary” for the jury.
“Enough is enough. We do not condemn people, because he said a lot of money and you throw it”.
This courtroom drawing shows Paul Manafort, sitting to the right row, the second from the right, along with his lawyers, the jury, sitting left, and the US District Court judge T. S. Ellis III, back-center, listen to U.S. attorney Uzo Asonye, standing, during opening arguments in the trial of President Donald Trump’s former Chairman of the campaign Manafort on tax evasion and bank fraud charges.
He also had a exhibition with reference to Manafort generous spending: “the document shows that Mr. Manafort was the turn of a lavish life style,” Ellis said. “It is not relevant.”
The statutory standard for exclusion of evidence based on irrelevance or danger of impairment to the jury — is normally prevent a judge only that the jury see the evidence that has the tendency to have each of the facts in the case more or less likely, or a significant risk, not to arouse real juror bias.
The Prosecutor’s office. some of the notes, Manafort spending on Wednesday A witness, Ron Wall, chief financial officer of high-end men’s store clothes to House of Bijan in Beverly Hills, Calif., testified that Manafort spent a total of $334,325 over a three-year period in the store.
That included a bill for a selection of clothes in the year 2010, for a total of approximately $128,000. Wall testified that most of these payments came from money transfers from banks in Cyprus-but he admitted on cross-examination by the defender that he had other customers similar to referrals for expensive items.
Another witness, Steve Jacobson, hire a contractor, Manafort from 2010 to 2014, said he worked on a number of the defendant properties, including one at Trump Tower. This is the first time, jurors heard Trump’s name is pronounced in the study.
Jacobson said most of the almost paid $3.3 million Manafort, him in this period, by international Bank transfers. The parties also agreed that payment for daughter Andrea’s house, came to Arlington in the form of a $1.9 million transfer from a Cyprus bank.
Among his other censures, Ellis on Wednesday the state said to stop attorneys to describe the use of the word “oligarch”, the Ukrainians, in their dealings with Manafort are the heart of the fraud charges he faces in the Northern Virginia Federal court. He said the term is a “derogatory” , would the danger of unfair jurors, obstructing against Manafort.
More tools are planned to purchase in the case, which seem to be ready to testify about Manafort habits. Ellis’ decision throws into doubt, to get as much of this testimony will be heard by jurors, or what instructions to jurors on how to consider this testimony.
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In a surprising moment, the state’s attorney Uzo Asonye Ellis, Rick Gates — said Manafort, a former business partner who had been considered a potential star witness for the prosecution-could not be called to the stand, after all.
“Enough is enough. We do not condemn people, because they have a lot of money and to throw it.”
– U.S. district judge T. S. Ellis
“He can testify, he can’t,” Asonye informed Ellis said Miller ‘ s team would call-depending on the evidence.
That the disclosure of a Reporter hustle and bustle of the court is requested to report to the hall, the news — “scurry[ing] like rats from a sinking ship,” Ellis said.
“You know who you are going to call,” Ellis said sharply Asonye. “If you are going to call him, then this [debate about a specific exhibit] is a waste of time.”
During opening arguments Tuesday, the team, the defense made it clear they blame Gates want to be treated some day-to-day business activities for Manafort, for many of the alleged reporting deficiencies Manafort.
DHS-the guards, the guard on Tuesday outside the Federal court in Alexandria, Va.
Ellis threw during the prosecutors opening statement to remind the jurors that wealth alone is a criminal, and he rebuked the Prosecutor in front of the jury said that the “show proof” Manafort debt.
“It’s not a crime to be a lot of money and their wasteful spending,” Ellis said.
Jurors also heard Tuesday, Manafort bought a Strauss jacket in the value of more than US $ 15,000. The Ingrid Newkirk, President of people for the Ethical treatment of animals (PETA) led to a Declaration calling for Manafort, in turn, on the jacket, “probably from numerous juvenile ostriches, whose throats were slit and their feathers were plucked out.”
Ellis had sharply admonished members of the Mueller team in a tense preliminary hearing in may, saying that they “don’t care” about Manafort and took the case against the 69-year-old ex-trump-consultants only as a means of orientation of the President.
Ellis’s statements and rulings against the defense, has issued hard-and sometimes colorful — during the Manafort case, as well.
He is a defense broke lawyer, outline of the jury Manafort, to questions the efforts to improve American international political public relations, “I take it you evidence to offer?” and to offer a call to the lawyer a lot.
Ellis, took senior status more than a decade ago, but still, a limited card, the to seemed to grow impatient on Tuesday said that the lawyers were to be seen on both sides, their eyes rolling in response to his decisions or to be a step back from the Bank.
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The lawyers, facial expressions, Ellis said, she seemed to think, “Why do we have to put up with this idiot judge?”
Earlier this month, Ellis, a defense that refuses to move movement, the test version of Washington, DC, rejection Manafort, the argument that the media coverage in the large market, the risk of bias of the jury.
“The mere fact that a case has drawn considerable attention of the media is not, by itself, to deny that a change in location,” wrote Ellis, the request.
Separately, Ellis also excoriated the team of the defense earlier this month for the opposing Manafort, transfer to Alexandria, Va., Prison — to complain briefly, that the prison in which he was housed, was also inadequate.
“The defender sees no General or specific threat to the defendant the security of the Alexandria Detention Center,” Ellis wrote. “You don’t have it done because the professionals at the Alexandria Detention Center are very familiar with housing high-profile defendants, including foreign and domestic terrorists, spies, and traitors.”
He continued: “It is surprising and confusing, if the Council identifies a problem, and then the Logis rejects the most solution for the problem.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.