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Prosecutors Nearly Got Manafort on All 18 Counts

Juror Paula Duncan tells Fox News there was a lone holdout
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2018 6:03 AM CDT
This courtroom sketch shows Paul Manafort listening to US District court Judge TS Ellis III at federal court in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018.   (Dana Verkouteren via AP)

(Newser) – Paul Manafort was apparently one woman's opinion away from being found guilty on 10 additional charges. This according to a juror in the trial who spoke with Fox News on Wednesday. "It was one person who kept the verdict from being guilty on all 18 counts," Paula Duncan said of the jury's four days of deliberation, during which she said "there were some tears." The 52-year-old, described by Fox as an ardent Trump supporter, said the holdout maintained she had reasonable doubt. Duncan explained her own thinking, saying the four boxes' worth of exhibits put forth as evidence by Robert Mueller's team were compelling, and that "certainly Mr. Manafort got caught breaking the law, but he wouldn't have gotten caught if they weren’t after President Trump." She used the phrase "witch hunt" in her comments.

One other tidbit getting pickup is her observation of what seemed to be the prosecution's "disinterest" in the proceedings. "A lot of times they looked bored, and other times they catnapped—at least two of them did. They seemed very relaxed, feet up on the table bars and they showed a little bit of almost disinterest to me, at times." A mistrial was called on the 10 charges the jury deadlocked over, and as Vox points out, it's far from case closed for Trump's former campaign chair: Prosecutors need to decide whether they'll retry Manafort on those 10 counts (NPR reports they have to tell the judge of their intentions by Wednesday), he awaits sentencing for the eight counts he was found guilty of (he faces a maximum of 80 years), and he goes on trial in Washington, DC, on Sept. 17 for additional charges. (Read more Paul Manafort stories.)

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