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.