“Given the character of the fees towards the defendant and the obvious weight of the proof towards him, defendant faces the very actual chance of spending the remainder of his life in jail,” federal decide T.S. Ellis III of the US District Courtroom for the Japanese District of Virginia wrote Tuesday.
Ellis final week positioned Manafort underneath house incarceration whereas sporting a GPS monitor and set a $10 million unsecured bail.
Manafort, 68, has been underneath comparable house arrest and bail situations for a separate case in Washington, DC, federal courtroom that was filed in late October.
Taken collectively, the previous Trump marketing campaign chairman faces strict restrictions and heavy potential penalties as he awaits his two jury trials this 12 months. If Manafort have been to decide on to keep away from trial and alter his plea to responsible, like his co-defendant Rick Gates has already completed, he could possibly be pressured by particular counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors to share particulars he is aware of about Trump marketing campaign officers’ contact with Russians and different overseas nationals.
Manafort for many years had carried out enterprise constructed upon his relationships with Russian-sympathetic Ukrainians and different highly effective European former politicians, and had been involved with them whereas main the Trump marketing campaign.
He has pleaded not responsible to all prices towards him.
Ellis mentioned Manafort has the monetary sources and worldwide connections to assist himself flee earlier than his trial and keep at giant, “in addition to each incentive to take action.”
Manafort is presently sporting two GPS displays — one from the federal courtroom in Virginia and one from the federal courtroom in DC.
Manafort faces a most of 305 years in jail if discovered responsible on all prices in Virginia.
On tax prices he faces in Virginia alone, his seemingly sentence can be eight years, prosecutors mentioned in a earlier courtroom submitting. He additionally faces 9 prices of financial institution fraud and financial institution fraud conspiracy, which every carry a most 30 years in jail, for 270 years most.
Within the DC case, Manafort faces a possible sentence of 15 years to 20 years in jail if convicted there on 5 complete conspiracy prices and overseas lobbying violations.
The allegations in his felony indictments, introduced by Mueller’s workplace this fall and winter, describe a scheme of shell corporations and offshore financial institution accounts Manafort used to cover his earnings from lobbying for Ukrainian politicians. He then allegedly used these earnings to acquire mortgages and purchase house renovations and luxurious items.
Manafort presently has to tell each the courts in DC and in Virginia if he’d like to depart his home for any motive aside from medical emergencies, non secular companies and to fulfill together with his attorneys or seem in courts.
The Virginia decide’s order Tuesday specified he mustn’t drink excessively or use medication that are not prescribed to him, and that he is successfully on a “24-hour-a-day lock-down.” Manafort has already forfeited his passports to federal authorities and might’t apply for brand spanking new journey paperwork.
“He’s fairly manifestly a danger of flight. He has substantial private property and faces a considerable interval of incarceration if he’s convicted,” Ellis mentioned in courtroom final week, earlier than issuing at this time’s order.
Manafort is ready to go to trial in Virginia on July 10, and in Washington on September 17.