Friday the trial began close to four (4!) hours late. Judge Ellis called both counsels up the the bench, twice, and then broke to “consider the issue” —so what was supposed to be a short break turned into an hour or more.
Judge Ellis addressed the jury before dismissing them for a long lunch (they had not heard any evidence or anything else during the morning session) and said:
“Keep an open mind until all the evidence is in.”
So, time for some Noonington-style irresponsible speculation! Two possibilities come to mind, 1) The Jurors talked to someone (or two each other) and Judge Ellis might have to dismiss one or more members or B) Manafort might be signaling a plea bargain.
Anyway, after that, the testimony was about how Manafort conned a bank into giving him $15M Ameros in loans by essentially hinting that Manafort might put in a good word with Prznint Stupid, thus implying that the start-struck Republican CEO might be considered for a Cabinet post.
- Day 1: Focusing on the crime
- Day 2: Focusing on the Crime Against Fashion!
- Day 3: Focusing on expensive bad taste–meets–petting zoo!
- Day 4: Focusing on the mystical ability of gullible accountants to put you to sleep!
- Day 5: Focusing on the gorilla who didn’t fling poo
- Day 6: ¡SNAP!
- Day 7: Focusing on why you cannot shame the shameless
- Day 8: The subject of Comrade Trump makes its appearance!