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.