Paul Manafort Appears In Wheelchair At Court Hearing For Sentencing Date
Manafort was in Virginia federal court for a hearing to determine his sentencing date, which a judge scheduled for Feb. 8. In August, Manafort was found guilty of tax and bank fraud charges, which were brought as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 election.
“We do think there are significant concerns with Mr. Manafort’s health, and much of that has to do with the terms of Mr. Manafort’s confinement,” defense attorney Kevin Downing told the judge at the hearing. Manafort has been in detention in a northern Virginia jail.
In court, Manafort, 69, had one foot elevated off the floor in a sock. The judge had declined an earlier request from Manafort to wear a suit, NBC reported, so he was in a green jumpsuit.
In a separate federal trial, Manafort pleaded guilty in September to two charges involving a wide range of criminal conduct and agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s Russia probe. He is still awaiting sentencing on those charges.
Published at Sat, 20 Oct 2018 00:01:31 +0000