BREAKING NEWS: Manafort jury finds him guilty of 8 counts; judge declares mistrial in remaining 10

Paul Manafort
Paul Manafort, pictured in July 2016, is facing life in prison if convicted on all counts. (Douglas Christian /TMN/© 2016 All rights reserved)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The jury in the Paul Manafort trial has found him guilty of eight counts but the judge declared a mistrial on the remaining 10 counts after the panel told him they were deadlocked on those charges.

The eight counts he was convicted of include five counts of tax fraud charges; two counts of bank fraud and one charge of hiding foreign bank accounts. All are federal charges, meaning President Donald Trump could conceivably pardon his former campaign chairperson.

Manafort now faces 80 years in prison.

Cheers erupted outside the courtroom as the verdict was announced.

The jury had informed Judge T.S. Ellis late in the afternoon that they had reached a consensus on 8 counts but were deadlocked on the remaining 10.

The jury, in its fourth day of deliberations, sent a second note of the day to the judge around 4 p.m. EDT on Tuesday.

The judge was expected to interview each of the 12 jurors individually, but moments later the verdict was announced. It is unclear if the judge did indeed interview each juror.

Manafort, the prosecutors and defense lawyers were assembled in the courtroom in Alexandria, Va., as the verdict was announced.

In the late morning, the jury had sent a note asking the judge about the ramifications if they could not reach a consensus on one of the 18 counts they are weighing for President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairperson.

Ellis instructed the jury to continue deliberating. They have been deliberating since Thursday afternoon.

Ellis told the courtroom that he would not ask the jury for a partial verdict at that time. The jury was not present when he made that statement.

Manafort was charged with 18 counts of tax evasion, bank fraud and hiding foreign bank accounts. He pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Manafort’s case is the first brought to trial by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.


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