YONKERS, NY — June 15, 2018 — Washington, D.C. Judge Amy Berman Jackson revoked former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort’s bail asserting she was troubled by Manafort’s attempts at witness tampering with respect to his case. Hon. Berman Jackson asserted Manafort was treating the proceedings “as just another marketing exercise.”
Previously charged with conspiracy and failure to register as a foreign agent, Manafort was last week indicted on obstruction of justice by Special Counsel Robert Mueller who is charged with alleged Russian meddling into the Clinton v. Trump election campaign.
Legal Analyst and WMU-Cooley Law School Tampa Bay campus Criminal Law Professor Jeffrey Swartz wrote the following regarding the revocation of Paul Manafort’s bail. Swartz, a former Miami-Dade judge, prosecutor and defense attorney.
“The judge made it clear she could find no additional terms of release that would satisfy her that Manafort would not engage in any further criminal conduct. She found that Manafort was a continuing danger to the community by his attempts to subvert the criminal justice system.
Manafort’s lawyers tried to turn lemons into lemonade by asking the judge to order the government to disclose the names of all the witnesses they intend to call at trial, something the Federal discovery rules do not require. The stated reason was so that Manafort could stay out on bond knowing exactly to whom he should not talk. No one was buying that.
The pressure is immense and it is hard to imagine his lawyers are not already talking with prosecutors.”
-Professor Jeffrey D. Swartz