The jury in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has asked the judge what would happen if it can’t reach consensus on one of the 18 counts it is deliberating.
Judge T.S. Ellis is preparing instructions to the jury to continue deliberations Tuesday morning, he said in court. The jury has not yet heard the language.
Manafort is charged with 18 counts of tax evasion, bank fraud and hiding foreign bank accounts in the first case brought to trial by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
BREAKING: Jury in Paul Manafort sends note to judge asking: “if we cannot come to a consensus on a single count” how should they fill in the verdict form, and “what does that mean for the final verdict.”
— justin jouvenal (@jjouvenal) August 21, 2018
UPDATE: The jury appears to be deadlocked on one of the many charges against Manafort and is asking the judge how to proceed. https://t.co/FAqRy0U1b8
— Alice Ollstein (@AliceOllstein) August 21, 2018
Jury has to decide on 18 counts. Looks like they’re having trouble with just one. Sounds like bad news for Manafort. (And there’s a whole other trial on another set of charges next month) https://t.co/9LKMpKFA1N
— Frida Ghitis (@FridaGhitis) August 21, 2018