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Mueller Is Already Taking Measures to Muzzle Manafort
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Aug 24, 2018 3:46 PM 6+ mon ago

Paul Manafort from claiming he is being “selectively prosecuted” in his upcoming Washington, D.C. trial. NPR’s Carrie Johnson reports that Mueller has petitioned the D.C. judge Amy Berman Jackson to prevent Manafort from making this argument, claiming that Manafort’s defense team “repeatedly” ignored Judge T.S. Ellis III’s order during the Virginia trial. NEW Prosecutors for special counsel team ask judge in charge of DC case against Paul Manafort to bar him from making arguments he was selectively prosecuted. The Virginia judge had issued an order to that effect, but prosecutors say the defense "repeatedly" violated that order. You may recall that Manafort’s attorneys were accused of a “premeditated and risky” violation during closing arguments of the judge’s order about mentioning “selective prosecution.” Law&Crime ‘s Colin Kalmbacher explained that this particular courtroom incident was much ado about nothing, but the “selective prosecution” argument in general is something that Team Mueller has focused on for some time. “Courts have consistently held that claims of selective (or vindictive) prosecution must be presented to the court before trial and cannot be argued to the jury,” Mueller argued previously. “The government’s reasons for initiating a prosecution have nothing to do with whether the evidence at trial proves the elements of the charged offenses, which is the sole question that the jury must answer.” Let’s go back to July 24, when the government and the defense ...

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