There’s a thriller gripping American politics proper now: Simply who’s the only holdout juror who stopped Paul Manafort from being convicted on all 18 counts in opposition to him?
Manafort, Donald Trump’s former marketing campaign chairman, was convicted on Tuesday by a jury on 5 counts of tax fraud, two counts of financial institution fraud and one depend of hiding a international checking account.
However Decide T. S. Ellis III declared a mistrial on an extra 10 counts the place the jury couldn’t attain a verdict—all as a result of one juror wouldn’t change their thoughts, regardless of the efforts of the others. Manafort, 69, is going through as many as 80 years in jail as he awaits sentencing.
One of many Manafort jurors broke cowl to talk to Fox Information about what occurred behind closed doorways on the trial. Paula Duncan, 52, revealed that “there was one holdout” juror who wouldn’t budge on the 10 counts.
Their argument? “Cheap doubt,” Duncan, a robust Trump supporter who sympathized with Manafort however thought he was responsible, mentioned.
“The particular person, a feminine juror, was—all of us tried to persuade her to take a look at the paper path. We laid it out in entrance of her, repeatedly, and she or he nonetheless mentioned that she had an affordable doubt. And that’s the way in which the jury labored.”
It was at instances heated, Duncan mentioned, and “there have been even tears” in an “emotionally charged” jury room, the place the ages ranged from mid-twenties to 69.
She added: “We didn’t need it to be hung so we tried for an prolonged time frame to persuade her however in the long run she held out and that’s why now we have 10 counts that didn’t get a verdict.”
Decide Ellis III wouldn’t enable the jurors’ names to be launched to the general public, citing threats already made in opposition to him and a priority that they’d additionally obtain threats if their identities had been identified. However Duncan waived her anonymity as a result of she mentioned she just isn’t afraid and doesn’t really feel threatened.
“I assumed that the general public, America, wanted to understand how shut this was and that the proof was overwhelming. I didn’t need Paul Manafort to be responsible, however he was, and nobody is above the regulation,” she mentioned.
Duncan additionally mentioned she didn’t suppose any of the jurors let their private politics inform their choices.
In addition to sentencing on this trial, Manafort faces a second trial in September over on expenses of performing as an unregistered international agent by covertly lobbying on behalf of the Ukrainian authorities in Washington, cash laundering, mendacity to the FBI and witness tampering.
All the costs within the two trials emerged because of particular counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of potential collusion between the Trump 2016 marketing campaign and the Russian authorities.