Manafort Jury Completes Third Day of Deliberations: Trial Update
(Bloomberg) -- Jurors in the Paul Manafort trial ended their third day of deliberations Monday without reaching a verdict on 18 counts of bank and tax fraud against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman.
Jurors Reach No Verdict After Extended Talks (6:30 p.m.)
Jurors will return to court Tuesday morning after weighing the evidence for more than eight hours. They deliberated until the judge dismissed them at 6:15 p.m. after they extended their day by about an hour.
Jurors had no notes on Monday and give no indication of how close they are to a verdict. After court, Manafort’s lawyer, Kevin Downing, said the defense was encouraged.
Deliberations resume at 9:30 a.m. in Alexandria, Virginia.
Lawyers Huddle With Judge (11:25 a.m.)
U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III conferred with lawyers twice Monday morning at sidebar conferences away from the public. It’s not clear what was discussed.
Manafort sat at the defense table during both discussions.
Before the first sidebar Ellis told lawyers: “We do not have a question at this time. If you need to communicate anything with me, you may come to the bench.” Earlier, the judge spoke with the lawyers, right after he had welcomed the jurors. A court security officer was present at both sidebar.
The judge had said he would make transcripts of the sidebars public after the trial, with the exception of the jurors’ names and any discussions that would involve Mueller’s investigation of the Trump campaign.