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Judge: Manafort Faces 'Very Real Possibility' of Life in Prison

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By    |   Tuesday, 13 March 2018 03:02 PM

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, has a reasonable chance of being a flight risk, a U.S. district judge wrote in an order that was made public on Tuesday, Politico reported. 

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III, who is assigned to a newly filed indictment against Manafort over bank fraud and tax evasion, set the terms for "home incarceration" for Manafort in the order, Politico reported.

"The defendant is a person of great wealth who has the financial means and international connections to flee and remain at large, as well as every incentive to do so," Ellis wrote.

"Given the nature of the charges against the defendant and the apparent weight of the evidence against him, defendant faces the very real possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison," Ellis wrote, Politico noted.

Ellis, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, put Manafort in a "24-hour-a-day lockdown" at his Alexandria, Virginia condo, except for medical appointments, emergencies, court appearances, and meetings with his defense attorneys, the report said.

The judge also ordered that Manafort pay $10 million if he fails to appear in court, Politico reported.

Each of the nine bank fraud or bank conspiracy charges that Manafort faces carry a maximum 30-year sentence, Politico reported.

Attorneys have attempted to free Manafort from house arrest amid conflicts with U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, but were unsuccessful.

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Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, has a reasonable chance of being a flight risk, a U.S. district judge wrote in an order that was made public on Tuesday.
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