Jury to weigh Manafort fate for second day after 'reasonable doubt' surprise

Jury to weigh Manafort fate for second day after 'reasonable doubt' surpriseBefore wrapping up their first day of deliberations on Thursday, the jury sent the judge a note with four questions, including one about the law on disclosing foreign bank accounts and another seeking a definition for “reasonable doubt.” It was the “reasonable doubt” question that caught some legal experts most by surprise as it suggested one or more jurors may be grappling with whether the prosecution met this standard of proof on certain counts. “The fact that they are sending questions on reasonable doubt tells me that the group is divided,” said jury consultant Alexandra Rudolph. Manafort faces five counts of filing false tax returns, four counts of failing to disclose his offshore bank accounts, and nine counts of bank fraud.


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Jury in Manafort trial asks U.S. judge about 'reasonable doubt'

Jury in Manafort trial asks U.S. judge about 'reasonable doubt'The case is the first to go to trial stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election, although the charges largely predate Manafort’s five months working on Trump’s campaign, including three as chairman. Before wrapping up their work for the day, the jurors asked U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis their first questions, including the definition of “reasonable doubt.” In a criminal case the jury must find a defendant guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.” “The government is not required to prove beyond all possible doubt,” Ellis said, responding to a note from the jury with the questions. Ellis added that reasonable doubt was “doubt based on reason.” The other questions delved into details of the case.


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Trump: FISA documents on Carter Page 'confirm with little doubt' DOJ and FBI 'misled the courts'

  1. Trump: FISA documents on Carter Page ‘confirm with little doubt’ DOJ and FBI ‘misled the courts’  CNN
  2. Trump: Carter Page surveillance applications ‘confirm’ officials ‘misled the courts’  The Hill
  3. Trump claims it looks like his campaign ‘was illegally being spied on’  New York Post
  4. FBI releases FISA records on Carter Page surveillance  USA TODAY
  5. With the release of new documents, Devin Nunes’s memo on Carter Page has gotten even less credible  Washington Post
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Trump blasts May's Brexit plan, says it puts trade deal in doubt

  1. Trump blasts May’s Brexit plan, says it puts trade deal in doubt  Reuters
  2. Trump says he doesn’t feel welcome in London and mayor has done a bad job, terrible job  New York Daily News
  3. Trump says the 20-foot-tall angry baby blimp flying in London makes him feel ‘unwelcome’  Business Insider
  4. Thousands set to protest Trump’s visit to London, but he may not see them  USA TODAY
  5. Donald Trump and Theresa May awkwardly hold hands AGAIN… as the red carpet is rolled out at Blenheim Palace  Evening Standard
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Trump blasts UK PM May's Brexit plan, says it puts trade deal in doubt

Trump blasts UK PM May's Brexit plan, says it puts trade deal in doubtBy Jeff Mason and Michael Holden BLENHEIM PALACE, England (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said a free trade deal with Britain might be impossible if it went ahead with Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposals for post-Brexit ties with the European Union, in a damaging intervention set to further criticism of her plans. In an interview with Britain’s Sun newspaper published late on Thursday, Trump said May’s plans for a business-friendly Brexit would leave it too close to the EU to allow a new trans-Atlantic trade deal to be struck.


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Iran nuclear deal in doubt as world powers fall short on Tehran's demands

Iran nuclear deal in doubt as world powers fall short on Tehran's demandsThe Iran nuclear deal looked in doubt on Friday as European powers failed to convince Tehran that they would be able to fully compensate for economic losses caused by the US’s exit. The signatories to the landmark accord met for the first time since Donald Trump, the US president, withdrew in May to discuss how they could salvage the deal in the face of a reimposition of US sanctions. The 2015 deal saw the lifting of sanctions on the Islamic Republic in return for curbs on its nuclear programme verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Washington has since told allies they must stop buying the OPEC producer’s oil from November 4 or face financial consequences. The other signatories — Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia — have vowed to stay in the accord but appear powerless to stop their companies pulling out of Iran for fear of US penalties. Protesters in the Iranian capital swarmed its historic Grand Bazaar on Monday, news agencies reported, and forced shopkeepers to close their stalls in apparent anger over the Islamic Republic’s troubled economy Credit: AP Since Mr Trump’s announcement, Iran’s currency has plummeted and prices have risen dramatically, sending thousands out on the street in protest. Germany’s foreign minister said that world powers would not be able to make up for companies leaving Iran, but warned Tehran that abandoning its nuclear deal would cause more harm to its already ailing economy. “We will not be able to compensate for everything that arises from companies pulling out of Iran,” Heiko Maas said. The pillars of the European Union’s strategy are European Investment Bank lending – a special measure to shield EU companies from US secondary sanctions – and a Commission proposal that EU governments make direct money transfers to Iran’s central bank to avoid US penalties. President Hassan Rouhani addresses the nation in a televised speech in Tehran, Iran Credit: AP Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president, told French President Emmanuel Macron in a phone call before the summit that the package fell short of their demands. Tehran has already warned it is ready to resume uranium enrichment to 20 percent – above the level permitted in the deal – “within days” if the agreement falls apart. The country’s all-powerful Revolutionary Guards meanwhile has also said that they may block oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz in response to US calls to ban all Iranian oil exports. European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini leaves after a Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) ministerial meeting on the Iran nuclear deal on July 6, 2018 in Vienna, Austria Credit: AFP Federica Mogherini, the EU foreign policy chief who is chairing the summit, said the signatories had agreed to continue talking, including on economic measures. European diplomats, however, privately questioned whether they could do enough to keep Tehran onboard. “We’ve made some progress, including on safeguarding some crude (oil) sales, but it’s unlikely to meet Iranian expectations,” said one senior official.


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Kushner casts doubt on Palestinian leader's commitment to peace deal

  1. Kushner casts doubt on Palestinian leader’s commitment to peace deal  CNN
  2. Leading Israeli liberal praises Kushner’s unfinished, still-secret Mideast peace plan  Yahoo News
  3. Jared Kushner’s Peace Efforts Will Only Make Things Worse  Forward
  4. What is behind Jared Kushner’s latest Middle East tour?  Aljazeera.com
  5. Jared Kushner’s Middle East Fantasy  The Atlantic
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