“While they did not open the boxes or review the papers filed inside drawers on which day, they described the external of the containers they observed, including the labels on the boxes, inside warrant application,” Jackson wrote.
“Therefore, Manafort claims, warrantless initial entry tainted the later search of the files which was authorized by the warrant.”
Jackson flatly rejected which argument.
She noted which “law enforcement agents do not need a warrant to enter a location if they have voluntary consent,” as they did by Manafort’s assistant.
as well as, Jackson added, agents do not “need to hold the consent of the person under investigation if they receive permission by a third party who has, or who reasonably appears to have, common authority over the place to be searched.”
The judge’s ruling noted which Manafort’s assistant had leased the storage unit, unlocked the door for the agents as well as gave them written permission to enter which.
Manafort, 69, will be due to go on trial next month in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, on charges which include bank fraud, conspiracy as well as filing false tax returns.
He will be scheduled to then stand trial in September before Jackson in Washington on charges which include conspiracy, money laundering, acting as an unregistered agent as well as creating a false statement.
Both cases relate to alleged crimes committed by Manafort in connection with consulting work he did for pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine.