Manafort asks to move up­com­ing trial, cites D.C. pub­lic­ity

The Western Star - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — For­mer Trump cam­paign chair­man Paul Manafort is ask­ing to move his up­com­ing trial out of the na­tion’s cap­i­tal.

His lawyers cite “in­tensely nega­tive news cov­er­age” and pos­si­ble juror bias in re­quest­ing that the case be re­lo­cated to Roanoke, Vir­ginia. Manafort was found guilty of eight counts last week in a sep­a­rate trial in Alexandria, Vir­ginia. His lawyers had also asked for that trial to be held in Roanoke, but the re­quest was de­nied.

In a court fil­ing Wed­nes­day, Manafort’s lawyers said it’s hard to imag­ine any other pros­e­cu­tion that’s re­ceived “me­dia at­ten­tion of the same mag­ni­tude.”

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