The Manafort trial: Jury deliberations begin

By Meg Wagner, Brian Ries, Veronica Rocha and Sophie Tatum, CNN
Updated 3 hr ago6:07 p.m. ET, August 16, 2018
3 hr 26 min ago

Our live coverage has ended, but we'll be back tomorrow morning for jury deliberations. Go here to track the case or scroll through the posts below to read more about the Paul Manafort trial.

3 hr 39 min ago

How the judge responded to the jury's questions

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

Judge T.S. Ellis told the courtroom Thursday he would instruct the jury to rely on their "collective recollection" regarding their questions on "shelf" companies and foreign banking filing requirements. He would give them no further answers on those points. 

Regarding their question about "reasonable doubt" — the legal threshold for acquitting a defendant — he said that the prosecutors had to prove their case not "beyond possible doubt," but beyond "doubt based on reason."

The jury had also asked if the court could match exhibit numbers to indictments. Ellis said the court could not amend the exhibit list.

3 hr 46 min ago

These are the 4 questions the jury just asked

The jury in the Paul Manafort trial asked four questions as they indicated they'd continue deliberations tomorrow.

Here's what they asked:

  1. They asked if Judge T.S. Ellis could "redefine" for them "reasonable doubt."
  2. They also asked two questions related to Manafort's tax filing and foreign bank account disclosure charges. The first question was whether a person is required to file a foreign banking disclosure if he or she owns less than 50% of a company and does not have signature authority over the account but does have the authority to disburse the accounts' funds. 
  3. The second tax-related question was about the definition of a "shelf" company. 
  4. Their last question was if the court could match exhibit numbers to indictments.
3 hr 52 min ago

Manafort jury will continue deliberations tomorrow

Jurors in the criminal trial of Paul Manafort will continue their deliberations tomorrow.

Earlier today, the jury sent a note to the court and asked four questions. They also indicated they will be deliberating tomorrow.  

Manafort, his attorneys and prosecutors were assembled in court.

The jury began deliberating this morning.

5 hr ago

The jury has been deliberating for 6 hours

The jury in the Paul Manafort trial have been deliberating for six hours now.

The jurors worked through lunch. CNN saw a court employee deliver food and drinks to the jury room around noon. 

9 hr 8 min ago

The deliberating jury takes a break

From CNN's Annie Grayer and Jamie Ehrlich

The jurors in the Paul Manafort trial took a break at 11:44 a.m. ET.

We're not sure how long deliberations will take: The process could take hours, or it could take days.

Manafort is charged with 18 counts of tax and banking crimes, and the jury has a lot of evidence to sift through as it debates those charges.

We'll update you here as soon as we know more.

6 hr 56 min ago

Manafort trial jury goes to jury room to begin deliberations

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

Judge T.S. Ellis brought the jury into the courtroom at 9:47 a.m. ET today and formally charged the jurors to begin deliberations.  

The 12 jurors exited the courtroom at 9:56 a.m. for deliberations in the case.  The jury will now receive some direction from the court security officer and then begin deliberating.  

Paul Manafort faces 18 counts including submitting false tax returns, bank fraud and failing to disclose foreign bank accounts.

The trial of the former Trump campaign chairman began on July 31 and is now in its 13th day.  

11 hr 43 min ago

Manafort trial judge has a lot of non-Manafort cases on his schedule today

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

Judge T.S. Ellis has nine other unrelated-to-Manafort court proceedings scheduled on his docket today, from 8:30 a.m. until at least 4 p.m. Some in the afternoon may be quite involved, so his courtroom will have activity throughout the day.

He is still set to bring the Manafort jury into the courtroom briefly at 9:30 a.m. to set them up to begin deliberations.

So what happens next? We're not sure how long deliberations will take: The process could take hours, or it could take days.

We'll update you here as soon as we know more.

12 hr 38 min ago

Jury deliberations scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. ET

Jurors are set to begin deliberating at 9:30 a.m. ET today whether to convict President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort of bank fraud and tax evasion.

The high-stakes prosecution of Manafort by special counsel Robert Mueller's team reached its conclusion with Wednesday's closing arguments. Prosecutors accused Manafort of "lies," and defense lawyers questioned the credibility of key witnesses.

So what happens next? We're not sure how long deliberations will take: The process could take hours, or it could take days. Manafort is charged with 18 counts of tax and banking crimes, and the jury has a lot of evidence to sift through as it debates those charges.

We'll update here as soon as we know more.