Paul Manafort being held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day

Paul Manafort being held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day
Paul Manafort (Image: YouTube screen grab via Today)

[Ed. – Lawyers are also requesting a change of venue, claiming Manafort can’t get a fair trial just outside of D.C.]

Lawyers for Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, say their client has been in solitary confinement as he awaits trial on financial charges.

The lawyers say Manafort is locked in a jail cell in Virginia for 23 hours a day and has been in solitary confinement because the facility can’t guarantee his safety.

Manafort was jailed last month after a federal judge revoked his house arrest over allegations of witness tampering in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Manafort had been on house arrest, but his circumstances changed with a judge determined he had violated the terms of his pre-trial release. When Manafort was in court to face superseding charges accusing him of witness tampering — charges to which he pleaded not guilty — Judge Amy Berman Jackson said she didn’t feel she could draft an order broad enough to include any potential future violation.

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“This is not middle school, I can’t take away his cellphone,” she said in court.

Manafort’s lawyers are asking a federal appeals court to overturn the judge’s order and release him under certain conditions as he awaits trial later this month in Alexandria, Virginia, and later in Washington, D.C.

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