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Paul Manafort's attorney Kevin Downing asked Judge T.S. Ellis to give the jury a new verdict form, after the jury said "we will need another form please" in their Tuesday note.
Ellis said he would not.
Downing said he wished jurors would be given a third option on the form -- a hung jury option for each count. The jury verdict form gives jurors only the options of not guilty or guilty for each of the 18 charges against Manafort.
The judge said he will not ask the jury for a partial verdict at this time. They must continue their work, he told the court.
Speaking for about five minutes, Judge T.S. Ellis told the jury: "You should not surrender your honest conviction" simply to reach a verdict.
He encouraged each juror to make their own decisions on each count, but if some were in the minority on a decision, to think about what the other jurors believe.
"It is your duty to agree upon a verdict if you can do so" without violating any juror's individual inclinations, Ellis said.
Give "deference" to each other and "listen to each other's arguments," he said.
"You're the exclusive judges," he said, encouraging the jurors to make their own decisions about witness testimony and evidence in the case.
"Take all the time which you feel is necessary."
Prosecutors say Manafort hid tens of millions of dollars in foreign income from Ukraine. They also say he lied on loan applications to obtain millions more to maintain a lavish lifestyle.
The trial is the first courtroom test of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe,though the case doesn't involve allegations of Russian election interference.
no, people should be sick of people with the money, people with the power, getting off for these kinds of crimes, usually involving millions of dollars, while they are dragged through the mud for so much less.
originally posted by: Sillyolme
For the record I don't think he should go to jail for what could be the rest of his life for tax evasion. A year and fines should be it if you ask me.