Prosecutors have for the second one time all over Paul Manafort’s legal trial requested Judge T.S. Ellis to proper a commentary he made to the jury, consistent with a submitting they made Friday morning.
This time, they are asking Ellis to inform the jury to overlook his remark Thursday all over a witness’ testimony about alleged financial institution fraud conspiracy that the lawyers “might want to spend time on a loan that was granted.”
Ellis made the remark close to the tip of the day Thursday, as witness Taryn Rodriguez of Citizens Bank testified a couple of $five.five million mortgage Manafort carried out for the use of false statements to the financial institution however didn’t obtain.
What prosecutors need: Prosecutors mentioned the remark misrepresents the regulation referring to financial institution fraud conspiracy and is prone to confuse and misinform the jury.
They need Ellis to give an explanation for in courtroom Friday “that the jury is not to consider the Court’s comment and that loans that Manafort fraudulently applied for but did not receive are relevant to the charges in the indictment.”
This would be the 2nd time in as many days they have got requested for a correction. Yesterday, prosecutors requested Ellis proper the document for the jury about his settlement to let knowledgeable witness from the IRS take a seat within the court docket sooner than he testified. Ellis informed the jury he used to be “probably wrong.” Transcripts from previous within the trial display he obviously mentioned with prosecutors the IRS witness watching the trial.