Manafort Jury Holdout Blocked Guilty Verdicts on ten of 18 Charges, Juror Says
The jury in the monetary fraud trial against Paul Manafort, President Trump&rsquos former campaign chairman, would have returned guilty verdicts in the 18 charges against him but 1 juror did not think there was adequate proof to convict him on all counts, an additional member of the jury mentioned on Wednesday.
That juror, Paula Duncan, who described herself as a supporter of President Trump, stated on Fox News that the rest of the jury believed that Mr. Manafort was guilty on all charges, but the holdout would agree to only eight.
Despite four days of deliberations and pleas from the other 11 jurors, the 12th one, whom Ms. Duncan only described as a female, did not budge in her belief that prosecutors had not verified beyond a affordable doubt that Mr. Manafort was guilty.
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&ldquoWe all tried to convince her to look at the paper trail,&rdquo Ms. Duncan stated in an interview on &ldquoFox News at Night with Shannon Bream.&rdquo &ldquoWe laid it out in front of her once again and once again. She still mentioned she had reasonable doubt. That&rsquos the way the jury worked.&rdquo
Reached by phone Thursday, Ms. Duncan said she had no further comment beyond the interview.
Mr. Manafort was located guilty Tuesday on eight of the counts &mdash 5 charges of tax fraud, two of bank fraud and one particular of failure to disclose a foreign bank account. With the jury at an impasse on the rest of the charges, the judge declared a mistrial on ten counts.
On the very first day of deliberations final week, the jury sent 4 written concerns to the judge, such as &ldquoCan you please redefine reasonable doubt?&rdquo Ms. Duncan stated that question was a request from the holdout juror.
&ldquoMost of us did not want that query out there,&rdquo she stated. &ldquoWe felt a tiny foolish truly.&rdquo
Ms. Duncan stated she entered the trial with concerns about the politicization of the case against Mr. Manafort and was skeptical about how the charges came out of the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
&ldquoI did not want Paul Manafort to be guilty, but he was,&rdquo Ms. Duncan said, adding that the &ldquoevidence was overwhelming.&rdquo
She said she drove every single day throughout the trial to the United States District Court in Alexandria, Va., with a hat emblazoned with the slogan &ldquoMake America Fantastic Once more,&rdquo the expression popularized by Mr. Trump throughout his campaign, in her back seat.
She said she planned to vote for him again in the 2020 presidential election.
In spite of her political beliefs, Ms. Duncan stated she saw her role on the jury as her civic duty. &ldquoI am pleased to serve my country in any way I can,&rdquo she mentioned.
During the trial, Greg D. Andres, the lead prosecutor, told the jurors the economic fraud scheme was not difficult. Ms. Duncan stated that while the jury had four boxes of economic documents and records to review throughout deliberations, the case against Mr. Manafort was effortless to stick to.
&ldquoIt was fairly easy to connect the dots,&rdquo she said. &ldquoMost of us had no issue with that.&rdquo
Published at Thu, 23 Aug 2018 15:09:40 +0000