JUST IN : NO VERDICT in Second Day of Manafort Deliberations – Jury Requested Back on Monday

After two days of deliberations, the jury still had not reached a verdict on Friday afternoon, marking day 14 of the tax evasion and bank fraud case against Paul Manafort.

One of Manafort’s defense attorney’s, Kevin Downing, told reporters that deliberations spilling into day three favored his client.

Earlier, CNN, Wapo and Buzzfeed demanded the names and addresses of the Manafort jurors be released to the public.

On Friday, Judge Ellis, a Reagan appointee, revealed he has received threats, however; he did not provide details.

Because of the threats, Judge Ellis declined a motion by WaPo, CNN and Buzzfeed to unseal jurors names, reported Courthouse News reporter Brandi Buchman.

Judge Ellis told the courtroom the jurors were “scared” and “afraid” so he decided not to allow their names be released to the public.

First, a note was passed from the jurors to the court requesting to end at 5 PM because a juror has plans this evening.

It does not appear the jurors have reached a verdict today. Judge Ellis will ask the jurors this afternoon if they want to resume deliberations at 11:00 AM or 1 PM ET on Monday.


Paul Manafort is facing 305 years in prison if convicted on all 18 counts of bank and tax fraud.

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