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Judge T.S. Ellis III mysteriously delayed testimony in the case of ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort for five hours on Friday, pushing off the day’s proceedings as prosecutors once again complained about his criticism of them.
Later Friday afternoon, hours after proceedings were supposed to start, Ellis gaveled back in and called for the next witness to take the stand. He did not explain the delay.
The article goes on to state the following:
The postponement was significant, as prosecutors had been hoping to finish calling witnesses Friday — and Ellis has a reputation as a stickler for keeping trials moving.
It’s not clear if the delay was connected to the complaint filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team. Earlier, Ellis empathically reminded the jury that they must refrain from talking about the case with others – stoking speculation the delay could be related instead to juror issues.
Ellis, meanwhile, did not address the Mueller team’s motion, either, when the trial resumed.
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Paul Manafort’s criminal trial on bank and tax fraud charges came to a mysterious halt Friday morning as the federal judge and lawyers for both sides huddled out of earshot of the publichttps://t.co/M0J7qDEioE
— POLITICO (@politico) August 10, 2018
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 10, 2018
UPDATE: After long recess delays Friday, next witness in Manafort trial has been called, and the trial is resuming; cause for the delays has not yet been provided.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 10, 2018
Prosecutors were poised Friday to wrap up their case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, but the sometimes dramatic proceedings hit some unexpected delays after court opened. https://t.co/bNp21Z1qkm pic.twitter.com/McX6ukO4Z9
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) August 10, 2018