Trump ex-campaign boss Paul Manafort to be sentenced Feb. 8

A courtroom sketch showing Paul Manafort dressed in a prison uniform as well as also sitting in a wheel chair in court in Alexandria, VA on Oct. 19th, 2018.

Artist: Art Lien

A courtroom sketch showing Paul Manafort dressed in a prison uniform as well as also sitting in a wheel chair in court in Alexandria, VA on Oct. 19th, 2018.

A federal judge on Friday scheduled a Feb. 8 sentencing date for Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, who was convicted on eight counts of tax as well as also bank fraud.

Manafort showed up to the Alexandria, Va. courthouse for the hearing reportedly clad in a prison jumpsuit as well as also sitting in a wheelchair. He appeared to be missing his right shoe when he was wheeled into the courtroom, NBC News reported.

His attorney, Kevin Downing, said in court which Manafort can be suffering “significant issues” with his health “which have to do with his confinement,” The Washington Post reported. Downing did not elaborate on Manafort’s apparent health problems, although Judge T.S. Ellis agreed to hasten the preparation of Manafort’s pre-sentencing report anyway.

Manafort was sent to jail on June 15 by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson pending his multiple trials in Virginia as well as also Washington, D.C., after prosecutors accused him of tampering with potential witnesses.

His lawyers had complained which Manafort was “locked in his cell for at least 23 hours per day” in solitary confinement as they appealed Jackson’s decision.

although prosecutors pushed back, detailing a recorded phone call in which Manafort said the jail staff was treating him like a VIP. He was subsequently transferred to the Alexandria Detention Center.

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