The Lyin’, the Witch Hunt, and the Wardrobe
Friday, the jurors in the Manafort trial told Judge Ellis that they had not reached a verdict and wanted to go home for the weekend (they asked if they could leave early: someone had an event). He granted their request. Deliberations will continue Monday morning.
So what is taking the jurors so long?
It seems like a straight-forward case of tax evasion, failure to report foreign bank accounts, and also bank fraud. The prosecution produced irrefutable documented evidence and witnesses who proved that Manafort earned tens of millions of dollars from foreign dictators, stashed the money in secret, off-shore bank accounts and did not pay U.S. taxes on it.
Last night in the same Twitter chat room I mentioned before, one Tweep thought that there must be Red Hats on the jury, and/or they returned home and watched Fox News and have become corrupted. I still assume that competent jury screening would filter out this possibility. I mean, those US Attorneys are pretty smart and experienced people. Even a dummy like me would be on the lookout for that.
There is nothing wrong. I’m not worried
There are 18 charged and the jury is going over each count and discussing the issues at length. It will take a few days to do that.
But what I am worried about: Ellis said that he has received threats (of an unspecified nature) and is now guarded by U.S. Marshals.
“I had no idea this case would excite these emotions, I can tell you frankly.”
I guess Ellis has never heard of Comrade Trump’s base, who regularly make death threats to the press for poor coverage of Dear Leader. Imagine what they would threaten to someone who actually can do something to the orange shitgibbon? ElLis’s ignorance of the base also explains why he did not sequester the jury, which puzzled me initially.
So, of course Ellis is getting threats, and of course the jury (if/when they are revealed) will be getting threats, too. It’s the way of Possum Hollar.