Jury in Paul Manafort's Case Asks Judge to Redefine 'Reasonable Doubt'

Jury in trial of ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort submits four questions to judge

District Judge T S Ellis III also told a court on Friday that he feared for the "peace and safety of the jurors".

The judge also said he would not release the names and addresses of jurors sought by media outlets because he was anxious about their "peace and safety".

Also Friday, President Donald Trump issued a fresh defence of Manafort, calling him a "very good person".

"I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad, when you look at what's going on there. I think it's a very sad day for our country", Trump said. But you know what?

On the first day the jury heard testimony, Mr Trump said Mr Manafort had been treated worse than 1920s gangster Al Capone.

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U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III is now reading to jurors the instructions on the law they will have to consider as they decide whether Paul Manafort is guilty of the 18 charges he faces. "They had some questions which the judge addressed, and they've asked to come back tomorrow to continue deliberation", Downing said.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all charges and faces up to life in prison if convicted. Jury deliberations are set to resume Monday morning. He is broadly accused of hiding millions of dollars in profits made from representing Eastern European politicians, failing to pay taxes on that money, and then applying for bank loans fraudulently.

Mr Manafort denies charges of bank and tax fraud, in the first trial stemming from the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling into the 2016 United States elections.

The verdict could have major political consequences for Mueller's probe into whether Trump's campaign helped Russian Federation interfere with the 2016 presidential election. "I'm not sure it's for the better", Wallace said in regard to presidents commenting on ongoing trials.

Manafort's lawyers said it indicates someone on the jury has doubts.

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The judge made the comments after receiving requests from the media for the jurors' personal information. His attorneys told jurors to question the prosecution's case as they sought to tarnish the credibility of Manafort's longtime protege Rick Gates, who was the government's star witness.

"We trust jurors to be on their best behavior and wall themselves off but that kind of goes against human nature", Ohlin said.

"I think it's all a good sign, yes", he said. "He should have kept his mouth shut", Ohlin added.

On Thursday, Ellis read aloud another note detailing four questions from the jury, which covered foreign financial accounts, shelf companies, the definition of reasonable doubt and other evidence in the case.

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