REPORT: Judge in Manafort trial apologizes to prosecutors, approves request to seal portion conference during Gates testimony

BY KAT SHEPHERD / AUGUST 9, 2018 /

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Reuters) – The federal judge in the trial of U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort expressed contrition on Thursday to jurors after berating prosecutors for allowing a witness to watch the proceedings, despite having given his earlier approval.

The rare apology by U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis surprised observers in his Alexandria, Virginia courtroom, who have watched the judge repeatedly criticize the government’s handling of the case while giving leeway to Manafort’s lawyers.

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“It appears I may well have been wrong,” Ellis said as the trial went into its eighth day. “But like any human, and this robe doesn’t make me anything other than human, I sometimes make mistakes.”

DML News offers the following additional information, published by WASHINGTONEXAMINER.COM:

A federal judge Thursday granted a motion from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team to seal part of a private discussion they had with Paul Manafort’s defense attorneys and the judge at the bench during the testimony of Rick Gates, Manafort’s former business associate.

The special counsel’s office said in a court filing to U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III on Thursday that a portion of the sidebar conference should be sealed because “it would reveal substantive evidence pertaining to an ongoing criminal investigation.”

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The relevant portions of the discussion will be sealed until the “relevant aspect of the investigation” is made public, Ellis said in his order.

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1 Comment

  1. Penny McCartney August 11th, 2018 at 11:28 am

    That didn’t take long, someone got to him

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