USA Today: Paul Manafort trial: Judge abruptly recesses trial, reminds jury not to discuss the case10 August 2018 | 19:53 | FOCUS News Agency
U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III, who huddled privately with prosecutors and defense lawyers at the bench for most of the morning, excused the jury until 1:45 p.m., and did not reveal the reason for the delay.
Before adjourning, Ellis offered an unusually emphatic instruction to the jurors that they should not discuss the case with others or among themselves until all the evidence was in.
Ellis also reminded the panel that Manafort, who was seated at the defense table, is presumed innocent of the 18 criminal counts lodged against him.
The judge has not generally offered such pointed instructions during daily breaks.
On Thursday, prosecutors told Ellis that they were on course to wrap up their case, as they had planned to call at least four witnesses before concluding.
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