Prosecutors Ask For More Time To Say What They’ll Do About Manafort’s Mistrial Counts

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 17: Former Donald Trump presidential campaign manager Paul Manafort looks on during Game Four of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 17, 2017 in the Bronx... NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 17: Former Donald Trump presidential campaign manager Paul Manafort looks on during Game Four of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 17, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 29, 2018 4:51 pm
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Prosecutors in Paul Manafort’s Virginia case asked a judge on Wednesday for more time to decide whether they’ll seek a retrial for the 10 counts on which the jury was deadlocked. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis last week told prosecutors to state their intentions by Wednesday, but prosecutors are asking the deadline to be extended until a week after the judge rules on whatever post-trial motions Manafort files.

“Because the defendant’s post-trial motions have not been filed or ruled on, the government does not at this time have sufficient information to make an informed decision on whether it will seek retrial of the remaining counts,” the filing said.

Last Tuesday, after the jury’s verdict was delivered, Manafort’s attorneys asked the judge for thirty days to file their post-trial motions, which could include motions to acquit on the 10 mistrial counts. Prosecutors did not oppose the extension of that deadline.

Manafort was convicted on eight counts in special counsel Robert Mueller’s bank fraud and tax fraud case in Virginia. He also faces charges in D.C. that include money laundering, witness tampering and failure to disclose foreign lobbying. He has pleaded not guilty in that case, which will got to trial next month.

Read the filing below:

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