Paul Manafort imprisoned until trial

Washington ExaminerHarvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said it was “obnoxious to our Constitution” to put former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort behind bars prior to a trial.

“He has never been convicted of anything. He is as innocent as you and I,” Dershowitz said in an interview on MSNBC on Friday. “And the idea of locking somebody up before a trial is so obnoxious to our Constitution that every civil libertarian should be up in arms. What they can do if they think that he’s tampering with witnesses is: They can subject him to home arrest, take away his computer … they can have all kinds of restrictions, but the idea of putting somebody in jail before they’ve been convicted is an enactment of civil liberties.”

The comments come after Manafort was taken to a federal jail on Friday after U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson revoked his current bail that permitted him out on house arrest and after he pleaded not guilty to charges of obstruction. He will stay at the federal jail until his trial in September.

I won't defend Manafort, other than to say I don't trust Mueller to fairly characterize his actions or his situation. This strikes me as another pressure tactic to coerce a guilty plea (just to get it all over with) and cooperation against Trump. These tactics are despicable in what amounts to a simple civil case, and doubly so because they are being transparently applied in service of political ends.

This entry was published Sat Jun 23 16:42:51 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-06-16 08:06:05.0. [Tweet]

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