Last week, it was believed that the Paul Manafort case has come to rest, when Judge T.S. Ellis III had sentenced him to nearly 4 years in prison. However, the former campaign chairman of President Donald Trump might not be relieved that easy.
On Wednesday, Manafort will appear for the second round of sentencing for a related case in a district court in Washington before Judge Amy Berman Jackson. It is being expected that the round 2 could add another ten years to the original sentence.
On March 8 in Northern Virginia, a Reagan appointed judge sentenced him to 47 months in prison for a scheme to defraud banks and taxpayers out of millions of dollars. The sentence fell well below the 19 to 25 years recommended by federal guidelines. It didn’t just appall the legal experts, but was also decried, particularly by the Democratic lawmakers.
However, Manafort might not get that lucky in Washington, where he pleaded guilty to two felonies as a part of the two-year Robert Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections. Besides, Judge Jackson will have to decide if the punishment would run at the same time as the first sentence, or he will be serving them one after the other.
The second sentence will determine whether a significant amount of Manafort’s sunset years behind bars. As per the reports, Jackson has been urged to impose a significant sentence by the prosecutors, who have described Manafort as a “hardened” criminal who “repeatedly and brazenly violated the law” for over a decade and whose crimes continued even after his indictment in 2017.
Defense attorneys have said that lengthy prison term would likely amount to a life sentence for Paul Manafort, who will turn seventy in nearly three weeks. Their heed has already played well on Judge Ellis, who was lenient in sentencing Manafort. Reports have stated that Judge Jackson has also given certain signs of following the same path of sympathy.
As of now, majority is speculating that Jackson’s sentence will be a little harsher on the former Trump aide. Yet, chances are that she might also turn easy at the last moment.
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