12 Angry Men Redux: 1 Stubborn Juror

“I hear Curaçao is nice.”


Axios morning email thingie tells us…

“Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team was one holdout juror away from winning a conviction against Paul Manafort on all 18 counts of bank and tax fraud, juror Paula Duncan told Fox News“:

“It was one person who kept the verdict from being guilty on all 18 counts,” said Duncan, 52, a Northern Virginia resident.

“Duncan described herself as an avid supporter of President Trump, but said she was moved by four full boxes of exhibits provided by Mueller’s team.”

And because I don’t want to give Fox the click, we now turn to CNN for more details:

“I thought that the public, America, needed to know how close this was, and that the evidence was overwhelming,” Paula Duncan said in an interview on Fox News. “I did not want Paul Manafort to be guilty, but he was, and no one’s above the law. So it was our obligation to look through all the evidence.”

It is kind of frightening that loyalty to Prznint Stupid could play itself out, even in a jury room. Anyway, if you read the CNN article, you will learn that the evidence was so overwhelming that the jury, even with a hold-out Juror, found the evidence compelling. They also discarded most of Rick Gates testimony because they thought his plea deal compromised him.

As we noted, Manafort’s NEXT trial has something like 400% more evidence, so we’ve got that working for us. Still, if 4th Reich loyalists can make it onto a Jury, the whole thing could go south, fast.

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9 Responses to 12 Angry Men Redux: 1 Stubborn Juror

  1. donnah says:

    It’s a chilling reminder that Trumpism is pervasive and detrimental far more than just the news headlines we read daily. It affects courts, school boards, small businesses and all of us in other ways. It’s allowing racists, homophobes, bigots and swindlers to come forward to speak and act like their criminal president, with impugnity.

    It will take a long time to excise this disaster of a president and his minions. I just hope it isn’t too late.

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  2. “They also discarded most of Rick Gates testimony because they thought his plea deal compromised him.”

    Manafort’s co-conspirator, who admitted to crimes on the stand, and had absolute personal knowledge of and participated in the crimes committed by the defendant, is ‘compromised’ because the prosecutors gave him a deal for less time in prison boggles the mind.

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  3. RWW says:

    Appalling that someone with such a personal devotion to Dear Leader that it DETERMINED their opinion of someone’s guilt or innocence before the trial even started was not identified and eliminated in the juror screening process. Appalling that devotion to Dear Leader tainted AT LEAST two jurors in a case that had little to nothing actually to do with Trump himself being on trial. Appalling that one juror was too ignorant and biased to even examine or consider some of the evidence presented. Appalling to the degree that a partisan judge commented on evidence, attempting to steer jurors’ opinions, and expressed open hostility to the prosecution’s case. We’re damned lucky that any convictions resulted, and given the system’s failure to screen out deplorable idiots, I’m not exactly optimistic that future trials will produce such lucky results.

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    • MDavis says:

      See also: the Bundy and Malheur trials. Welcome to frightening and shocking frustration at the path and outcome of jury trials in our enclave of fear.

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  4. Bruce388 says:

    Since one juror refused to convict in this case, think about a Trumper on the panel when Manafort’s crimes involving FatNixon come up. Jury selection is going to be critical.

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  5. diane says:

    Why would anyone be surprised about this? I was expecting it. Remember you’re dealing with people who think the slaughter of children and young adults is acceptable.

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    • Bruce388 says:

      I’m happy with Python Pauly getting eight convictions. The full 18 would have been better, but it could have been so much worse.

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  6. w3ski4me says:

    I really thought ‘she’ was what “Jury Selection” was all about?
    Just like the “Justice Dept” run by a white cracker I guess.
    Sad days ahead.
    w3ski

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