This morning it was reported that while the jury is in their second day of deliberations, that the judge thought it wouldn’t be long before a verdict was rendered.
Well it turns out he was wrong. The jurors just sent a note to the judge requesting to be sent home for the weekend by 5pm. They plan to reconviene on Monday to continue deliberations:
Flash via @TheTerminal— David S. Joachim (@davidjoachim) August 17, 2018
*MANAFORT TRIAL JURY REQUESTS TO END DELIBERATIONS AT 5PM
Day 14 //3 pm Manafort trial update: Judge Ellis says jury has given him another note requesting end to deliberations at 5 pm today because one of the jurors “has an event”— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) August 17, 2018
Ellis would not disclose any more specifics. Jury has been deliberating for 12+ hours...
And here’s more explanation:
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 17, 2018
Apparently Manafort’s attorney feels this is a good development for his client:
In Manafort case, Judge Ellis said he will reconvene the jury at 5pm to ask them when they’d like to come in on Monday. Manafort defense counsel Kevin Downing says he thinks the fact that the jury wants to go home is a good sign and Manafort does too— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) August 17, 2018
Well there you go. Now you can enjoy your weekend without sitting by the internet waiting for the verdict.