Judge rejects Manafort's bid to move trial further from DC

TheHill | 7/17/2018 | John Bowden
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A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a motion from former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to move his Virginia trial further from the Washington, D.C., media market.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis denied a motion filed by Manafort's attorneys to move the Virginia trial, scheduled for later this month, from Alexandria, Va., to Roanoke, Va., because his attorneys claimed that relentless media coverage of his role in the Trump campaign and the Russia investigation would taint a potential juror pool.

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"The mere fact that a case has drawn substantial media attention does not, by itself, warrant a change in venue," Ellis wrote in his ruling.

Manafort faces charges of bank fraud and money laundering, as well as lobbying law violations over his work for pro-Russia political parties in Ukraine prior to joining the Trump campaign. He has pleaded not guilty, but a former business associate pleaded guilty to similar charges earlier...
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