Judge rules that Paul Manafort cannot wear his expensive suits to court anymore, must wear prison jumpsuit instead.

By | 2018-10-18T17:57:34+00:00 October 19th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

Wow, it’s just like he was a common criminal.

Oh wait, he is. 

Courtesy of Politico:

A federal judge on Wednesday rejected Paul Manafort’s request to wear a professional suit during a hearing later this week about his sentence, noting the former Trump campaign chairman is now a convicted felon who has lost the right to wear street clothing in all his court proceedings.

“This defendant should be treated no differently from other defendants who are in custody post conviction,” U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III wrote in a sharply worded order. The decision and its tone signal Manafort may be facing a very different environment when he returns Friday to the same Alexandria, Va., courtroom for a hearing to discuss his ongoing cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller and to begin the process of setting a sentencing date.

Ellis oversaw Manafort’s trial in August and has summoned the longtime GOP operative, his lawyers and Mueller’s prosecutors back to the courthouse to resolve a series of questions surrounding the special counsel’s plan to dismiss deadlocked charges against Manafort only after he’s finished cooperating in the Russia probe.

Ahead of the hearing, Manafort attorney Kevin Downing had asked Ellis for permission that his client be allowed to dress in street clothing on Friday and at all subsequent court appearances, rather than a dark-green prison jumpsuit.

But Ellis denied the request. In a brief footnote, the judge explained that while Manafort was allowed to wear street clothing during his trial as part of his right to due process, he’s now been convicted by a jury on multiple counts for filing false tax returns, failing to register his foreign bank accounts and bank fraud and also pleaded guilty in a federal court in Washington, D.C., to other criminal charges.

“Thus, defendant is no longer presumed innocent of the multiple criminal courts he stands convicted of, and therefore is not entitled to appear in street clothing at court proceedings,” Ellis wrote.

Now, this might be the cruelest cut of all for Paul “Dapper Joe” Manafort. 

Remember this is the guy who paid $15,000 for an ostrich skin jacket. 

Having to show up in court wearing a garish orange colored cotton blend jumpsuit is going to be a bitter pill for a man who prided himself on his wardrobe. 

Really having a hard time feeling bad for him, however. 

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7 Comments

  1. Anonymous October 19, 2018 at 2:59 am

    Oh the inhumanity of making Dapper Paul wear a onesie in public!

  2. Beaglemom October 19, 2018 at 3:36 am

    I would think that an ostrich-skin jacket would cost more than $15,000.00!

  3. Anonymous October 19, 2018 at 5:57 am

    He probable will have some tailor come in an custom make his polyester jumpsuit

  4. Anon October 19, 2018 at 10:33 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/paul-manafort-shows-court-wheelchair-judge-agrees-drop-charges/

    “Prosecutors had favored waiting until Manafort finished cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller before addressing the remaining charges, but U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis rejected the timetable so he could move forward with sentencing Manafort, who appeared in court in a wheelchair and was said to be suffering significant health issues.” OK

    • Beaglemom October 19, 2018 at 11:17 am

      Hmmm. I wonder if Manafort’s real problem is his sartorial disdain for the orange jumpsuit.

      • Anon October 19, 2018 at 11:42 am

        https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/career-fbi-agent-mocks-manaforts-sudden-illness-its-amazing-how-convicts-always-show-up-crippled-for-sentencing/

        NEXT!>”“He’s not only talking specifically about what he knows about Trump and collusion, conspiracy but he’s talking about the Russian infection,” Figliuzzi said. “He’s also critical to the person, I believe, may be the next person we see indicted, which would be Roger Stone,” the legendary political operative famous for dirty tricks.”
        ““I don’t know anything about his specific health problems today, but I will say this,” he deadpanned.
        “In my 25 year career I was amazed by the crippling and disabling injuries that would befall someone just as they are entering the court to talk about their sentencing.”

  5. Anonymous October 19, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    He did catch a break. They’re going to drop the charges the jury hung on. Not really going to help him much sentence-wise.

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