Our First Look at Paul Manafort in All His Inmate Glory

Our First Look at Paul Manafort in All His Inmate Glory

Manafort, who was President Donald Trump's campaign chairman for several months, last week asked for his July 25 trial in Alexandria federal court to be delayed until this fall, saying his incarceration in Virginia's Northern Neck has made it too hard to prepare.

The longtime political operative is unshaven and appears to be wearing a standard-issued jumpsuit.

"Because he is a high-profile inmate, Mr. Manafort will be placed in protective custody which limits his interactions with other inmates", Sheriff Dana Lawhorne said in a statement. Judge T.S. Ellis said the move will "ensure that the defendant has access to his counsel and can adequately prepare his defense", The Washington Post reported. A federal judge ended Manafort's home detention and ordered him jailed after his indictment on attempted witness tampering while awaiting trial.

The judge wasn't swayed, and he again ordered Manafort to move jails.

Washington federal court Judge Amy Berman Jackson sent Manafort to jail on June 15 for violating the terms of his pre-trial release by attempting to contact potential witnesses.

At his former jail, he was kept in "a private, self-contained living unit" that is bigger than his fellow inmates' spaces, had "his own bathroom and shower facility, his own personal telephone, and his own workplace to prepare for trial", prosecutors said in a court filing.

Paul Manafort has moved, over his objections, to a new jail with a history of illustrious guests.

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The Alexandria Detention Center houses about 400 inmates, including federal inmates under an agreement with the U.S. Marshals Service. Still, when Alexandria federal judge T.S. Ellis III ordered him transferred to a facility closer to the courthouse, the former global political consultant rebelled, arguing he was better off staying put.

The special counsel's office is prosecuting Manafort in two separate criminal trials - one in Virginia scheduled for July 25, and another in Washington, DC, set for mid-September.

Manafort's complaints about the jail conditions were the basis for a request to delay the trial.

By moving to Alexandria, Manafort will be closer to his legal team, but he probably won't retain the luxuries he had before since the facility is known for dealing with spies, terrorists and high-profile criminals.

The evidence would be used to show that Manafort had knowledge about the disclosure rules under FARA and that it was not a simple mistake that he did not register for his work for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.

"It is surprising and confusing when counsel identifies a problem and then opposes the most logical solution to that problem", wrote Judge Ellis.

The back-and-forth matters because Manafort has cited restrictive conditions of his pretrial detention as a reason to postpone his case on bank and tax fraud charges until at least the autumn.

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