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Offbeat Judge in Manafort trial: 'I was probably wrong' to criticize prosecutors

01:08  10 august  2018
01:08  10 august  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Judge in Manafort trial tells attorneys to 'rein in' their facial expressions

  Judge in Manafort trial tells attorneys to 'rein in' their facial expressions “It’s inappropriate," judge tells lawyers in Manafort case.U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis said he was told that lawyers on both sides of the high-profile case have been seen rolling their eyes upon leaving the bench, saying the lawyers need to "rein in their facial expressions.

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The judge in the criminal trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort on Thursday reportedly told jurors he was wrong for criticizing prosecutors earlier in the week.

Judge T.S. Ellis said he was "probably wrong" for criticizing prosecutors over one of their witnesses, IRS revenue agent Michael Welch, being in the courtroom observing the trial leading up to his testimony, according to CNN.

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Judge Ellis tells the jury he was wrong in criticizing prosecutors yesterday for having a witnesses, an IRS agent, in the room to hear other witness testimony.

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"Put aside any criticism. I was probably wrong in that," Ellis said

- Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) August 9, 2018

On Wednesday, Ellis reportedly scolded prosecutors in front of jurors over Welch's presence in the courtroom, saying he doesn't allow witnesses to watch trials. But prosecutors said they had previously received Ellis's approval to have Welch in the courtroom, something transcripts confirmed, according to Politico.

"Well, let me be clear: I don't care what the transcript says," Ellis reportedly said. "Maybe I made a mistake. But I want you to remember: don't do that again."

Before the trial resumed on Thursday, prosecutors filed a motion requesting that Ellis, a Reagan appointee, walk back his comments and tell jurors that the prosecution had done nothing wrong, according to NBC News.

Tensions have been evident between Ellis and prosecutors throughout the trial. On Tuesday, for example, the judge suggested to a prosecutor that his eyes were welling with tears. He also previously criticized prosecutors for presenting too much evidence related to Manafort's spending habits.

The trial of Manafort, who is charged with multiple financial crimes, is the first major courtroom test for special counsel Robert Mueller's team.

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