Manafort asks to move up­com­ing trial, cites pub­lic­ity

The Record (Troy, NY) - - WEATHER -

WASH­ING­TON » For­mer Trump cam­paign chair­man Paul Manafort asked Wed­nes­day to move his up­com­ing trial out of the na­tion’s cap­i­tal, with his lawyers cit­ing “in­tensely nega­tive news cov­er­age” and po­ten­tial juror bias against him.

“While fed­eral courts of­ten ad­dress is­sues of pre­trial pub­lic­ity in high-pro­file cases, it is dif­fi­cult to con­ceive of a mat­ter that has re­ceived me­dia at­ten­tion of the same mag­ni­tude as the pros­e­cu­tion of Mr. Manafort,” the lawyers wrote in ask­ing to re­lo­cate the trial to Roanoke, Vir­ginia.

The re­quest is sim­i­lar to one from last month that pre­ceded a sep­a­rate trial for Manafort in Alexandria, Vir­ginia. Manafort’s lawyers had also asked for that case to be moved to Roanoke, but the judge re­fused.

Jury se­lec­tion is to start Sept. 17 in a trial re­lated to Manafort’s Ukrainian lob­by­ing and po­lit­i­cal con­sult­ing work.

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