Judge Denies Manafort’s Request To Move VA Trial Out Of Alexandria

on March 8, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia.
ALEXANDRIA, VA - MARCH 08: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives at the Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse for an arraignment hearing March 8, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia. Manafort was scheduled to enter... ALEXANDRIA, VA - MARCH 08: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives at the Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse for an arraignment hearing March 8, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia. Manafort was scheduled to enter a plea on new tax and fraud charges, brought by special counsel Robert MuellerÕs Russian interference investigation team, at the Alexandria federal court in Virginia, where he resides. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis on Tuesday denied a request by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to move his upcoming trial away from Alexandria — a Virginia suburb of D.C. — and to Roanoke, Virginia, about a four hour drive away.

The trial, where Manafort is facing charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller of tax fraud and bank fraud, is scheduled to begin in Alexandria next week.

Ellis, in his eight-page order, rejected Manafort’s argument that the D.C. media frenzy around his case, as well as Alexandria’s education level and political leanings, make it more likely that a jury pool would be biased against him.

Ellis noted that the jury would be selected from geographic area covering 3 million people, and that the media attention on the case was national in nature, rather than specific to the Northern Virginia area. The judge also said that “jurors’ political leanings are not, by themselves, evidence that those jurors cannot fairly and impartially consider the evidence presented and apply the law as instructed by the Court.”

Read the judge’s order below:

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  1. Mr. Manafort is deserving of nothing less than true, traditional American justice:

    A fair trial and a fair hangin’.

  2. LOL. Predictable. Venue shopping isn’t going to work.

    Hey, Paul…the time for venue shopping is when you’re deciding which jurisdiction to commit the crime in.

  3. IANAL, but apparently have watched enough TV law shows to guess the judge’s reasoning before reading the article.

    Manafort’s legal team’s efforts to date haven’t been inspiring.

    :smile:

  4. Womp womp.

  5. For an innocent man, Paul M sure doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to get himself cleared in court…

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