Court To Lift House Arrest For Paul Manafort

Reuters reports:

A U.S. District Court judge on Friday said she would release former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort from house arrest once he meets certain conditions, expressing satisfaction that the $10 million he agreed to forfeit would be available if he ever failed to appear for court proceedings.

In her order, Judge Amy Berman Jackson said to be released from home confinement, Manafort must execute documents agreeing to forfeit four properties, including two in New York, one in Alexandria, Virginia, and his Florida home.

He will be subject to restrictions including a curfew and electronic GPS monitoring but will be allowed to leave his home in Alexandria for his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, once he meets the conditions.

  • Lazycrockett

    Thanks Comrade.

  • LOL.

  • safari

    He’ll be on a boat in the Atlatnic before the court knows it.

    • BobSF_94117

      And then he’ll be in the Atlantic before he knows it.

    • agcons

      Exactly. How is this douchebag NOT a flight risk?

      • David L. Caster

        He was probably required to surrender his several passports as part of the deal.

        • (((GC)))

          The ones the court knows about.

        • Cattleya1

          What about the ones the Feds don’t know about?

          • David L. Caster

            By now, it is unlikely that he has any US passports they don’t know about.

          • Cattleya1

            I’ll bet you dimes to donuts, he has more than one foreign passport.

          • David L. Caster

            He may. And if he tries to travel on it he will likely be caught and this time put in a jail cell. He’s not leaving the country and certainly not getting back in without going to jail.

          • Cattleya1

            If Obama were still POTUS, I might go along with you. I will bet he escapes.

  • Joe in PA

    So, he hops on a plane to [wink wink] Florida, and they change course to parts unknown. Got it. Oh, and yeah, you can have these properties with the huge Russian mortgages. Got it.

  • perversatile

    May I suggest, instead of a GPS ankle bracelet-

  • OneUrsineOne

    Lemme guess. He’s gonna take up a nice, cozy residence next door to Edward Snowden.

  • Bryan

    Happy Money Laundering Christmas!

  • safari

    Can’t we just crowd source following him?

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Sure, why the fuck not ?
    Everything else is going to hell today.

  • bkmn

    Mueller had better put a tail on him.

    • David L. Caster

      I suspect he is being watched. This may be a plan to gather more evidence.

  • leastyebejudged

    Still nothing about how US cops support Trump ?

    Copsuckers, copsuckers everywhere !

  • penpal

    Wow, we certainly treat traitors who threaten our national security with considerable leniency these days, don’t we?

    • safari

      Thank goodness he didn’t have pot on him.

      • Gustav2

        Or had more melanin and had pot on him.

        • Robincho

          Leave FLOTUS out of this, for chrissakes…

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    • Adam

      It’s just for pre-trial release. The house arrest was just to impede him from leaving the country before it, so he still has to face trial and then a sentence.

    • Kelly Lape

      Oh yes we do. Don’t we though?

  • Princess Lardass
  • Gustav2

    Palm Beach Gardens, Florida?

    What a poor dear.

  • JWC

    Oh yes Virginia this man CAN be trusted….NOT

  • PickyPecker

    OT: so…..who’s going to visit a galazy far, far away this weekend??

    • safari

      I think I might wait. Until it isn’t insane. Like on a Monday.

      • PickyPecker

        The trailer above (new one) looks great!

        • safari

          I haven’t seen the prequal to it.

          • RaygunsGoZap

            If you saw Star Wars in 1978 then you saw the Force Awakens in 2015.

          • Megrim Twist

            Agreed. I couldn’t believe what a retread it was.

          • RaygunsGoZap

            I was so angry! Also bored.


        • John30013

          I don’t know…. Some of the dialog sounds silly. “Something very special”? Is Smoak an evil villain or a motivational speaker?

          Also still not buying Darth Emo.

          But I’m sure I’ll see it anyway.

    • perversatile
      • Snarkaholic

        Awww…poor Gary.

    • safari

      I for one welcome our virtual Carrie Fisher overlords.

      • DRoseDARs

        No, no worries about that. They have already said pointblank there will be no future digitization of Carrie’s image for the mainline series (Rogue One was a fan-made movie, not the studio; I don’t understand why they didn’t just find a young look-a-like). All footage in this film was already shot, just re-edited to fit a story rewrite since they won’t be able to film any more of her and that the next film was supposed to be a Leia-heavy story. Going forward all they can do is re-sample existing recordings probably in order to give her future off-screen lines such as a narration. But no, there will be no digital zombie Carrie shambling about on-screen.

    • Lazycrockett

      Im hearing very hot or cold comments. Either you love it or you basically go away saying that they have Marvelized Star Wars and its sucks.

      • safari

        I’m going to guess it’ll be fast paced, action packed, and edited so if you blink you’ll miss something.

      • PickyPecker

        Listening to the film score right now. Williams has again done a beautiful job.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      We saw it at a special preview Wednesday night. While some will pooh pooh it for it’s pacing, we found it excellent. Some great moments and one in particular. Nope, not saying….

      • JCF

        River Song shows up????


    • Bluto

      in release order, they have done 4, 5 & 6, then 1, 2 & 3, then 7, then 3.75, & now 8. right?
      I’m as cornfused as jarjar fuckface.

    • Treant

      My husband is there now.

    • EdmondWherever

      Saw it last night!

    • jerry

      I’ll wait about 2 weeks, then see it once the initial crowds die down.

    • JCF

      Too busy this weekend (Singing! Singing! Singing!). Maybe next (or maybe not until after Christmas). But I’ll get there…

    • Pip

      Going tomorrow night to the 11pm showing. Amazingly enough we’re the only tickets bought for that showing so far. Hope it stays that way. I love having a whole theater to ourselves.

  • Rex

    It’s like they just don’t care.

  • DevineBovine

    Rules for one class. Another set of rules for another. Dem or Repub

  • pch1013
  • bkmn
  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    The rich are held to different standards

  • bkmn
    • The_Wretched

      Good but derrivative. I’m much more interested in the votes to seats ratio. Currently republicans can lose votes by 5-10% and still get +10-30% of the seats.

  • Rocco

    Wow…that’s shocking.

  • geoffalnutt

    He’ll be in Moscow before midnight.

  • The_Wretched

    Moral of the story, own houses in more than 1 State so you can get to travel between them?!

  • Leo
    • Tomcat

      Leak it if you have it GOP.

    • The_Wretched

      I had to look up what he did that offended the republicans – he tried to sequester the Hillary email investigation. Looks like he wanted regular process instead of witch hunt and that was the ‘no no’.

  • Tomcat

    And once in Palm Beach Gardens he will meet with trump to plan their next move.

    • William

      Manafort will hop a plane and be out of US airspace in minutes.

  • William
  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Rich, White, associated with Putin & Trump….of course it was lifted.

  • Tomcat

    All republicans are invited to the next big witch hunt next week where they open season on law enforcement agencies of the USA. FBI, CIA, etc, etc.

  • BlackGayAthetist

    Three passports and phones registered under fake names? Not to mention, he submitted 10 passport applications in the last 10 years.

    You think he might be a flight risk?

    If I posted a $10 million bond with stolen money and knew I had another $15-$20 million of stolen money stashed away, yeah, flight would not be a risk, it would be inevitable.

  • Treant

    He’s good enough, he’s white enough, and doggone it, courts like traitors!

  • Tomcat

    There is a good chance that the GOP with this new witch hunt will be able to keep Hillary from taking her position as president of the USA.

  • RNegron

    Can anyone see him sailing into the horizon to meet a Russian sub?

    • JohnJay

      Nah. He’ll just go visit his and Putin’s billionaire buddy on his yacht docked in Palm Beach. It will then set sail and we’ll never see Manny again.

      • The_Wretched

        Is that the same one that just happens to show up at Trumps resorts on the same days he does?

        • JohnJay

          It showed up just before the last time he was in Mar-a-Lago.

      • JWC

        he is a slippery one to be watched

      • RNegron

        I’ll be fine with that if they then dump him overboard.

  • boatboy_srq

    Why do I suddenly have Replacement Killers running through my head, with Mira Sorvino saying “Smile and say ‘flight from prosecution'”?

  • GanymedeRenard

    Of course, money talks.

  • Tomcat

    Open season on JUSTICE!!!!

  • justmeeeee

    Come on, you guys! It’s cold in Alexandria and he needs to get to Florida! What a bunch of cruel bastards you are.

    • Tomcat

      Only if he is going there to get rid of Trump!

    • MT YVR

      I can think of a place he can go to warm up… It aint Florida.

  • FAEN

    If Manafort were black, Latino or gay there wouldn’t have been talk about house arrest to begin with. He’d be in fucking prison.

    • MT YVR

      Hon, he’d not have had a freakin’ dime to his name anymore. Everything gone, seized, sold and gone.

    • Tomcat

      He would have been shanked already.

      • FAEN


    • Tomcat

      Actually if he were black he would not be in this mess in the first place.
      Only whites at the top.

      • FAEN

        Well there ARE Vichy members everywhere.

  • Tomcat

    And since he has not been convicted yet I am sure the GOP is fighting for his right to go armed.

  • Mike

    Manafort will be in Moscow in time for christmas.

    • Stogiebear

      Милая. Малыш. Иисус.

    • Gianni

      That would not be surprising at all.

  • Mark Cross

    …aaaaand Manafort will partake of a delicious cup of polonium tea in 3-2-1….

    • Stubenville

      Is it minty?

      • Gianni

        No one ever described the taste in the short time they lived after drinking it. You can always put your own mint in it.

  • disqus_D9pH1OIG67

    Bad decision, judge.

  • ted-


  • Bambino

    So someone got to the judge?

  • FelineMama

    Ah, yes, to have, what, $10 million set aside for bail. WOW. Where’d ja git so much mula, paulie?? Damn, I’d like enuf to meet rent & groceries.
    Is it just me, or does this “Paul” remind anyone of a young Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas)?

    • Halou

      It’s not $10 million in cash. Rather hard assets, like cars and houses (yes, those are plural rather than singular). Assets that he can most likely live without, and which are dwarfed by the ‘rewards’ he may receive for a job well done if he flies to Russia.

      Remember that he used to work for Ukraine’s former corrupt dictator Victor Yanukovych, a man who is managing to live well in Russia despite more than 90% of his wealth being left behind in Ukraine. Manafort can reminisce about the ‘good times’ with Edward Snowden, a man who despite having no job and no marketable skills (spies are no good when everyone knows who they are) yet manages to live well.
      If Manafort doesn’t have many millions stashed away outside of US jurisdiction then he will certainly get a lifetime subsidy from the Russian government for his good work.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Jail in the US, or $10 million for a dream vacation in russia?


  • Halou

    This is how pro-Russian traitors are punished in the new Trumpian United States.
    They’re set free.

  • KaBoomBOX

    This would be the guy with multiple passports, yeah, he’s not a flight risk at all.

    • Halou

      And a false name for when he want to China that one time. No shady business whatsoever going on with him, oh no..

  • boobert

    So a vacation in Florida, then suddenly he’ll be brisked away on a russian millionaire’s yacht.

  • Stogiebear

    So, which member of the judge’s family have the Russians or the Pedophile Republican Party kidnapped and is being held hostage in some gulag or secret Blackwater facility?

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    Manafort will be joining Snowden in Russia.

    Besides, is one of the “properties in New York” in Trump Tower?

  • D. J.

    I’ll wager he has little to no equity in those properties. Bet they are all mortgaged beyond their value.

  • Stubenville

    Is there a direct flight from YYZ to MOW? Just asking for a friend.

  • -M-

    I still don’t see how forfeiting properties he’d never see again anyway is supposed to be a deterrent to fleeing the country.

    • canoebum

      He will be much happier in his dacha on the Black Sea. Within a week of his release, he’ll be on a fast boat from Palm Beach to meet a Russian vessel in international waters. Sorry, this judge is an idiot.

  • wds

    It’s certainly comforting to know that if you have money and connections you basically get off of house arrest or ankle monitoring … of course, if he were black with a bag of weed in his pocket …

  • Gianni

    First thing – $10 million in assets is not enough. Second thing – Did Manafort’s wife go crying to the judge to please release her husband from the house for the sake of her sanity, if nothing else?

  • coram nobis

    He’ll need a food taster.

  • Marides48

    Would he get such good treatment if he were poor?

  • Kevin Andrews

    If the man were Black and possessing 1 ounce of pot; he would be imprisoned as slave.
    There is NO JUSTICE in America.

    • andrew

      No he would not. Stop with the hysterical exaggerations. Come in off the ledge and calm down guy.

  • EDinMCO

    He’s outta here. $10M is chump change to his oligarch buddies.

  • NedFlaherty

    So far, Manafort & Gates are charged only with money laundering, a far lesser crime than the treasons that the tRUmplestiltskin family and their co-conspirators will get charged with. Since most of his assets on hold, he’s still under a curfew, and must wear a non-removable GPS bracelet, it’s fair and reasonable — until he’s charged with more crimes — to end the house arrest.

    Bonus: this apparent new freedom probably tempts Manafort to get into even more trouble, e.g., hopping aboard one of those Russian yachts which keep dropping in at Mar-a-Lago.