Judge orders Paul Manafort moved to suburban Washington jail

Judge orders Paul Manafort moved to suburban Washington jail

Judge orders Paul Manafort moved to suburban Washington jail

A Wednesday court filing from Mueller's team describes Manafort's living conditions at the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia, in detail, revealing what it calls the former Trump campaign manager's "unique privileges" behind bars to make the case that being in the rural facility hasn't hurt his ability to prepare.

Manafort is incarcerated in Virginia, and he recently asked the court to push back the latter trial date, arguing that the circumstances of his incarceration mean he won't be ready for the trial in time.

Far from being restrictive, prosecutors said Manafort had been given a personal telephone in his cell, which he used for more than 300 calls with attorneys and others over the past three weeks, and found a workaround to the jail's ban on email. He's also set to be tried in Washington, D.C.in September on separate charges.

The judge in that case, Amy Berman Jackson, ordered Manafort to be jailed last month after he was accused of attempting to convince potential witnesses to lie on the stand.

"C$3 ontrary to Manafort's assertions about his jail conditions, Manafort is in a private unit in which he can review materials and prepare for trial", the special counsel said in its brief. He also has a personal laptop, they say, with an extension cord so he can use it in his unit and not just the workroom. His lawyers had cited concerns about his safety in trying to block the transfer, but U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III didn't buy it.

Last week, Manafort's lawyers complained that he has to spend 23 hours in solitary confinement in the unit. He has his own bathroom and shower, a private telephone and laptop, and is not required to wear a prison uniform, the prosecutors said.

Manafort's trial in Virginia is expected to begin later this month.

But prosecutors wrote that in a taped phone call from prison, Manafort told the person on the other end, "I've gone through all the discovery now". "When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it reconnects to the internet and Manafort's emails are transmitted".

Prosecutors also note that Manafort knew his refusal to let the Virginia bank and tax fraud charges be combined with the D.C. case would likely lead to this schedule.

The context for Manafort's comment wasn't clear but he is facing charges related to his work on behalf of clients overseas, including the onetime government of Ukraine and a powerful Russian oligarch.

But soon after the judge issued his order, Manafort's lawyers essentially told the judge "never mind," and urged the court to keep Manafort in his current jail in Warsaw.

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