For Manafort’s Sentencing, A Trip To The Pre-Cellphone Era | 1/16/2018 | Staff
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If you need to get news out of the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia, bring plenty of quarters.

Cellphones and laptops aren’t allowed in the building. Cameras and voice recorders are banned as well.

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Reporters at the Albert V. Bryan United States Courthouse have two options: run to the pay phone on the second floor, or scramble outside and look for an iPhone stashed away earlier.

On the afternoon of March 7, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was wheeled into a ninth-floor courtroom to learn his fate.

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Crippled by gout and wearing a green prison uniform, Manafort faced up to 24 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of hiding millions of dollars from tax authorities and lying to banks about his financial status.

Reuters correspondents Sarah N. Lynch, Andy Sullivan and Jan Wolfe watched from the gallery. Photographer Jim Young and cameraman Gershon Peaks waited on the plaza outside – keeping an eye on the courthouse doors and the correspondents’ phones. Editor Will Dunham and what Reuters calls its “speed team,” which publishes breaking news as quickly as possible, stood ready in the Washington bureau.

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It was one of the most important days yet in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether Trump’s campaign had links to or co-ordinated with Russia during the 2016 election.

The biggest news boiled down to one number: the amount of time Manafort would serve behind bars. But other aspects would be important as well. Would Manafort speak? Would Judge T.S. Ellis make any remarks? Would prosecutors reveal...
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