Former Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort has boasted “he is actually being treated like a ‘VIP'” in a Virginia jail as he awaits his upcoming trials on federal criminal charges — nevertheless he will be leaving of which lockup after a judge rejected his request to avoid transfer to another jail, according to brand new court filings.
Prosecutors on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team said in one of those filings of which Manafort, who has been in a Warsaw, Va., jail since mid-June after being accused of trying to tamper with witnesses, has gotten “unique privileges” in of which lockup.
Those fringe benefits include “a private, self-contained living unit” of which is actually bigger than his fellow inmates’ spaces, “his own bathroom as well as shower facility, his own personal telephone, as well as his own workplace to prepare for trial,” prosecutors say inside filing. as well as he isn’t required to wear a prison uniform, either, the filing said.
“Manafort also possesses a personal laptop of which he is actually permitted to use in his unit” to review materials for his upcoming trials, according to the filing, which opposes a bid by Manafort’s lawyers to delay the start of his first trial, in Alexandria, Va., until after he is actually tried in September in Washington, DC., on separate federal charges.
as well as he has even developed “a workaround” to the jail’s ban on sending or receiving emails by reading as well as composing emails on another laptop computer of which is actually shuttled into the jail by his defense team, which is actually then used to transmit the emails after of which is actually taken out of the jail, prosecutors said.
nevertheless Manafort will have to leave the Warsaw jail as well as be housed in a jail in Alexandria, Va., where his first trial is actually scheduled to start July 25, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis said in an order made public Wednesday.
Ellis on Tuesday had ordered Manafort to be transferred to Alexandria after complaints by his defense lawyers of which of which was impossible for them as well as Manafort to properly prepare for his trial because of the distance to the Warsaw jail, as well as the fact of which he was being kept in “solitary confinement” there for 23 hours per day.
After Ellis’ transfer order, Manafort’s lawyers asked him to be allowed to stay in Warsaw, citing concerns about his safety. nevertheless Ellis brushed aside those worries in a brand new order, saying of which officials at the federal lockup in Alexandria have experience handling inmates such as “foreign as well as domestic terrorists, spies as well as traitors.”
Ellis also wrote of which “of which is actually suprising as well as confusing” when defense counsel identifies a problem “as well as then opposes the most logical solution to of which program.”
“The dissonance between defendant’s motion to continue as well as motion opposing transfer to Alexandria Detention Center cannot be easily explained or resolved,” he wrote.