Publicado: Vie, Agosto 10, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

'These Robes Make Me Human': Manafort Judge Apologizes to Prosecutors for Behavior

'These Robes Make Me Human': Manafort Judge Apologizes to Prosecutors for Behavior

In the filing, they argued that Ellis should instruct the jury that he made an error in admonishing them during the testimony of IRS agent Michael Welch.

One of the more interesting dynamics in the trial of Donald Trump's former campaign chairman has been the skirmishes between the judge and prosecutors.

In fact, his name was barely mentioned in the first five days of the tax and bank fraud case brought against his former campaign chairman.

Manafort is the first person to be tried on charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III has been pushing prosecutors to hurry through their case. His defence team is seeking to pin the blame on Gates, who they say was responsible for day-to-day operations of the business. "Don't do it again". "In new court filing prosecutors are fighting back after days of Judge Ellis growing increasingly angry at them".

"While mistakes are a natural part of the trial process, the mistake here prejudiced the government by conveying to the jury that the government had acted improperly and had violated court rules or procedures", the prosecutors wrote.

"The only answer I was told was to tell the truth", Gates replied.

"I don't care what the transcript says, maybe I made a mistake", Ellis fumed. "I'm not sure why, but there have been certain exchanges at sidebar that have seemed not all that judicious to me", he said.

Ellis's eruptions have been noticed inside and outside the courtroom.

"You knowingly made a false statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation?" "And that's why it's critical that any judicial admonition, even mild ones, occur outside the jury's presence".

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El partido de Requesens , Primero Justicia, denunció que el legislador fue "secuestrado" por agentes del servicio de inteligencia.

"It actually kind of shows in real time the course of months of investigation where they painstakingly did a jigsaw puzzle of records", former US prosecutor Harry Litman said of Magionos' testimony.

The lawyers and Ellis then huddled in the far corner of the courtroom to discuss whether the question could be asked.

"There are not tears in my eyes, judge", Andres responded. "What Judge Ellis is doing is impeding the autonomy that the law grants to the advocates".

Gates, who had been on stand for more than seven hours by conclusion of Tuesday's testimony, is anticipated to be on stand for an additional hour more of cross-examination, according to Manafort's attorneys.

Overall, the accountant traced more than $65 million flowing into offshore accounts controlled by Manafort, and she detailed for jurors how more than $15.5 million flowed out to fund his lavish lifestyle between 2010 and 2014.

The Airbnb employee's testimony appears to confirm one of the lies prosecutors allege Manafort told a bank as he sought money from it. Banks give more money toward properties used by their owners as residences - even second homes - than they do for rentals, and Manafort appears not to have disclosed income from the rental on his tax returns. Gates had testified earlier in the trial about one extra-marital affair.

"I think Gates was a very poor witness". There have been exceptions, like when Gates said that he might have also embezzled from the Trump inauguration committee by inflating his expenses, and when he testified about how Manafort reached out to talk about securing a banker who loaned him money tickets to the inauguration and potentially a position in the administration.

Prosecutors expect to finish questioning their witnesses Friday.

Laporta admitted on the witness stand last Friday that during a conference call in September 2015, she agreed, on Gates' urging, to alter a tax document for one of Manafort's businesses in order to disguise $900,000 in foreign income as a loan, according to the Associated Press, thus reducing Manafort's tax burden by almost half a million dollars.

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