Justice Department BLOCKS order to move Manafort to Rikers Island

The DOJ has blocked a move to send Paul Manafort to the infamous New York state prison named Rikers Island. Instead they are keeping him in federal custody:

FOX NEWS – Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was transferred to a federal prison in New York City late Monday ahead of his pending state court trial — but only after the Justice Department rejected a local district attorney’s widely criticized bid to move him to the notorious Rikers Island prison complex.

Manafort was instead transferred to the New York Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC), a federal detention facility located in Manhattan.

Manafort’s transfer came after Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen rejected Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr.’s attempt to re-locate Manafort to Rikers Island.

A senior Justice Department official told Fox News that Manafort’s attorneys contacted the Bureau of Prisons and “raised concerns about his transfer to state custody related to his health and personal safety.”

Fox News first reported this month that a New York State judge ordered Manafort’s transfer to Riker’s Island at Vance’s request. However, because Manafort has been convicted on federal charges, any attempt to move him out of federal custody must be approved by Rosen. On Monday, Rosen denied the attempt, effectively keeping Manafort in federal custody.

“There’s no reason for [Manafort] to go to Rikers,” a source close to the case told Fox News. “He can go to his New York initial appearance and then return to federal custody.”

This is certainly good news for Manafort.



According to John Cardillo, the move was made by the DA in order to persecute Manafort:

The report doesn’t mention Bill Barr but he certainly could have had a hand in it.

According to Fox News, prisoners at the federal MCC include Sayfullo Saipov, Ceasr Syaoc, and El Chapo.

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91 thoughts on “Justice Department BLOCKS order to move Manafort to Rikers Island

  1. I think Manafort has already done his time during the Mueller hearings when he was forced to stay in solitary confinement while he was sick. Effing Dems…

  2. Manafort shouldn’t be in prison at all. If he is, Hillary Clinton should be facing the guillotine.

  3. There was no reason to move him to Rikers, since MCC is closer to the courthouse anyhow, but Cardillo’s comment doesn’t make a ton of sense. First, it’s not uncommon for federal prisoners facing charges in NY to get moved to Rikers for those proceedings. Second, anyone else in Manafort’s position vis a vis NY state charges (facing trial in NYC) but who wasn’t already in federal custody would be put in Rikers or MDC pending their initial appearance unless they go straight from local lockup. All those people are innocent in NY too.

  4. It may show who Bill Barr is, but it also says volumes about the state of New York that they would insist on putting Manafort in Rikers and in isolation given his age and health.

    As a certain Attorney General once said, we have got to stop using the criminal justice system to settle political differences.

    1. It’s downright nasty here in NY. Everyone is corrupt here – especially the AG and DA’s. If they don’t like you, watch your back!

  5. Manafort isn’t a violent criminal. Why is he in a prison at all? Make him pay back whatever taxes or whatever he owes, put his ass on a payment plan or whatever, but prison?

    AND HILLARY IS STILL WALKING AROUND?

    C’mon Trump. You took my bump stock. At least give me this. Lock Her Up.

    1. “Manafort isn’t a violent criminal. Why is he in a prison at all? Make him pay back whatever taxes ”

      His biggest crime is associating with Trump and for that he must be punished in prison.

      BTW: I believe they are confiscating his assets as well, but not sure how much of it (if not all) they are taking.

      1. The asset forfeiture I can see. But prison? The guy neglected to file paperwork and taxes. Not exactly treason.

      2. Manafort was one of the ones that got away from Mueller years ago and it was just an excuse to allow Mueller to go after him again.

      3. I also read somewhere they had taken his assets. He’s lucky if he ever sees any of that even if they find him innocent. The corruption runs deep here in NY.

  6. Why do New York demonrats want Manafort sent to Rikers anyway? Is he that much of a threat that they want him dead. He must know who, in NY politics, is doing what and with whom to be so frightened. Manafort was found guilty of federal crimes; he should serve his federal crimes time in federal prison before serving any state sentences for state crimes…it is the only way he can die in prison without being murdered. The DOJ should send him to a different state, perhaps. New York’s “justice system” appears untrustworthy!

    1. They want to send a message. If you’re with Trump and you get arrested for so much as picking your nose, they going to make you do hard time. I’m glad they stopped this. White collar criminals don’t typically go to prisons like Rikers. That’s for rapists, murderers, etc… And regardless of what one may think of Manafort, he doesn’t belong there. They were probably hoping he’d be raped and killed in there to scare off potential Trump appointments.

  7. I’m not a Monafort fan but he definitely doesn’t belong in Rikers. That DA was being a bully and trying to hurt him any way he possibly could starting with putting his life in jeopardy. Rikers is no place for someone who hasn’t been convicted!

    1. With the exception of people serving misdemeanor sentences, Rikers is literally THE place for people who haven’t been convicted. It’s a jail, not a prison; literally every person in there* hasn’t been convicted.

      * With the exception of people serving misdemeanor sentences, since those are served in jail, not prison. Also, some people may have been convicted of other felonies but are in Rikers pending trial on other charges on which they haven’t been convicted.

      1. Rikers earned a reputation for being one of the top worst state prisons anywhere. People are murdered in that pigsty.

  8. I think Manafort has already done his time during the Mueller hearings when he was forced to stay in solitary confinement while he was sick. Effing Dems…

  9. Why do New York demonrats want Manafort sent to Rikers anyway? Is he that much of a threat that they want him dead. He must know who, in NY politics, is doing what and with whom to be so frightened. Manafort was found guilty of federal crimes; he should serve his federal crimes time in federal prison before serving any state sentences for state crimes…it is the only way he can die in prison without being murdered. The DOJ should send him to a different state, perhaps. New York’s “justice system” appears untrustworthy!

    1. They want to send a message. If you’re with Trump and you get arrested for so much as picking your nose, they going to make you do hard time. I’m glad they stopped this. White collar criminals don’t typically go to prisons like Rikers. That’s for rapists, murderers, etc… And regardless of what one may think of Manafort, he doesn’t belong there. They were probably hoping he’d be raped and killed in there to scare off potential Trump appointments.

  10. I’m not a Monafort fan but he definitely doesn’t belong in Rikers. That DA was being a bully and trying to hurt him any way he possibly could starting with putting his life in jeopardy. Rikers is no place for someone who hasn’t been convicted!

    1. With the exception of people serving misdemeanor sentences, Rikers is literally THE place for people who haven’t been convicted. It’s a jail, not a prison; literally every person in there* hasn’t been convicted.

      * With the exception of people serving misdemeanor sentences, since those are served in jail, not prison. Also, some people may have been convicted of other felonies but are in Rikers pending trial on other charges on which they haven’t been convicted.

      1. Rikers earned a reputation for being one of the top worst state prisons anywhere. People are murdered in that pigsty.

  11. Manafort isn’t a violent criminal. Why is he in a prison at all? Make him pay back whatever taxes or whatever he owes, put his ass on a payment plan or whatever, but prison?

    AND HILLARY IS STILL WALKING AROUND?

    C’mon Trump. You took my bump stock. At least give me this. Lock Her Up.

    1. “Manafort isn’t a violent criminal. Why is he in a prison at all? Make him pay back whatever taxes ”

      His biggest crime is associating with Trump and for that he must be punished in prison.

      BTW: I believe they are confiscating his assets as well, but not sure how much of it (if not all) they are taking.

      1. I also read somewhere they had taken his assets. He’s lucky if he ever sees any of that even if they find him innocent. The corruption runs deep here in NY.

      2. The asset forfeiture I can see. But prison? The guy neglected to file paperwork and taxes. Not exactly treason.

      3. Manafort was one of the ones that got away from Mueller years ago and it was just an excuse to allow Mueller to go after him again.

  12. It may show who Bill Barr is, but it also says volumes about the state of New York that they would insist on putting Manafort in Rikers and in isolation given his age and health.

    As a certain Attorney General once said, we have got to stop using the criminal justice system to settle political differences.

    1. It’s downright nasty here in NY. Everyone is corrupt here – especially the AG and DA’s. If they don’t like you, watch your back!

  13. There was no reason to move him to Rikers, since MCC is closer to the courthouse anyhow, but Cardillo’s comment doesn’t make a ton of sense. First, it’s not uncommon for federal prisoners facing charges in NY to get moved to Rikers for those proceedings. Second, anyone else in Manafort’s position vis a vis NY state charges (facing trial in NYC) but who wasn’t already in federal custody would be put in Rikers or MDC pending their initial appearance unless they go straight from local lockup. All those people are innocent in NY too.

  14. He’s being charged for the same crimes twice (federal and state) and will have to serve the time for the same crime twice….unless they are allowed to be served concurrently. IMO this is double jeopardy.

    In a way I can understand because one may impose harsher punishments. But he is still being charged twice for the same crime.

    1. Unfortunately the SCOTUS ruled yesterday (7-2) that it is allowed because Federal and State are sovereigns apart from each other so it is not considered double jeopardy.

      1. That’s gotta be one of the most perplexing rulings I’ve ever seen. I was almost sure it would be the other way around. And more perplexing and surprising is that RBG sided with a Gorsuch, a Trump appointee, in the dissent! Weird!

        1. I was more surprised that Gorsuch was in the dissent and that Kagan and Sotomayor were in the majority, although that likely was a function of the fact that the doctrine the court was being asked to overturn is some 150+ years old.

          1. Are you saying that Kagan and Sotomayor are less inclined to overturn a long-standing doctrine?

            1. I’m saying that all of the justices (except Thomas) are disinclined to overturn long-standing doctrines.

      2. @michael-lee Yeah I saw that. I don’t care what they ruled I still think it’s a sham. Even if the sentences are allowed to be served concurrently it allows the government two chances to find you guilty.

        That’s really bad because someone could be found not guilty in the federal trial and guilty on the state level because of political animus. It’s obvious that Manafort was being sent to Riker’s out of persecution and political hate.

        1. Yeah it’s BS, but it’s also very long standing doctrine. That said, Manafort isn’t actually being charged with the same crimes in NY.

          NY actually has stricter double jeopardy protections than the federal constitution which would bar his prosecution in NY for the same crimes.

          1. @slantry Then why all the fuss on the ruling? I’ve read that the NY charges are based off the same federal charges of fraud, and that if they ruled the other way and Trump issued a pardon it would have cleared Manafort of state charges as well.

            1. Under current NY law a pardon would clear Manafort of substantially similar state charges regardless of what the Supreme Court decided yesterday, although there is currently a bill to change that, I believe, awaiting Cuomo’s signature. The current laws that apply can be found if you google NY CPL 40.20 and NY CPL 40.30.

              As to why news agencies were talking about Gamble as if it impacted Manafort, I don’t know what to say other than that legal reporting by non-lawyers is often bad. That said you’d have to point me to an article before I could tell you whether it’s actually inaccurate or merely missing the point.

              1. @slantry Nah, I’m not going to do that because I would have to search through my history. There are so many laws and so many that….merge?…with other laws that are similar they can throw you in prison for 100 years on a minor crime if they want to. Not related to Manafort, IMO stacking charges should be illegal. Very few people take it to trial because of what I view as prosecutorial abuse and a scam. Charging you with ten crimes when you only committed one and threatening to throw you in prison for 80 years unless you plead guilty to one charge with 3 months in jail. It intimidates even innocent people into pleading guilty instead of defending themselves against something they didn’t do. We may have one of the best systems in the world but there are many things about it that really suck and are wrong.

                1. Hard to argue with any of that. I tried to avoid doing it when I was a prosecutor and I abhor it as a defense attorney.

                2. @slantry And it puts new light on instances where people believe that defense attorneys are scumbags for defending real criminals….of which I am guilty of at times. I still believe that applies at sometimes.

                  I’m glad to hear you’re a good lawyer.

                3. Thanks. Some defense lawyers are scumbags; not because of whom they defend, but because they’re sleazy people who take advantage of people in desperate circumstances to bilk them or their relatives out of a ton of money while providing a piss-poor defense.

                  Everyone deserves a good defense lawyer though, even the most despicable criminals. We’re the last check on the government’s ability to kill human beings and/or lock them in cages—something which I think should be as difficult for the government as possible.

    1. @dr-strangelove
      This was a political hit pure and simple, Vance is an absolute criminal jerk in the fashion of Hillary’s hit man Weismann. Good for DOJ for slapping his filthy corrupt hands.

  15. The way NY has treated Manafort and Trump is disgraceful. Hope this means the feds are going to get tough on them.

  16. If we had equal justice ,, Obama and Hillary would have been persecuted and sentenced to death or jailed for life. Treason and espionage!

  17. Manafort shouldn’t be in prison at all. If he is, Hillary Clinton should be facing the guillotine.

  18. “No Vance, we’re not going to let you set this guy up to be shanked in a prison shower.”

  19. Upon initially hearing of his prison sentence, Manafort was overheard saying, “Odd but ok. Sounds kind of nice. Lots of trees and good leisure activity. I’m looking forward to being outside in the sun shiny days” When asked why he was excited about going to Riker’s Island he responded, “Riker’s Island?!?! I thought you said Biker’s Island. OH CRAP!!!!”

  20. Manafort may deserve to be in prison for what he has done, but I thought Riker’s Island was a bit much. It’s not like he’s going to try to escape at his age. This was definitely a political punishment by the left who hate anyone associated with Trump. These people are deranged and horrible human beings.

    1. @rae-from-minnesota Jails are pretty carefully segregated according to crime, color, gang affiliation, etc., but it could still be dangerous for a high-profile guy like Manafort.

    2. Prison is for dangerous, violent people. We’re too jail-happy. We need to focus more on restitution, not on punishment.

  21. He’s being charged for the same crimes twice (federal and state) and will have to serve the time for the same crime twice….unless they are allowed to be served concurrently. IMO this is double jeopardy.

    In a way I can understand because one may impose harsher punishments. But he is still being charged twice for the same crime.

    1. Unfortunately the SCOTUS ruled yesterday (7-2) that it is allowed because Federal and State are sovereigns apart from each other so it is not considered double jeopardy.

      1. That’s gotta be one of the most perplexing rulings I’ve ever seen. I was almost sure it would be the other way around. And more perplexing and surprising is that RBG sided with a Gorsuch, a Trump appointee, in the dissent! Weird!

      2. @michael-lee Yeah I saw that. I don’t care what they ruled I still think it’s a sham. Even if the sentences are allowed to be served concurrently it allows the government two chances to find you guilty.

        That’s really bad because someone could be found not guilty in the federal trial and guilty on the state level because of political animus. It’s obvious that Manafort was being sent to Riker’s out of persecution and political hate.

        1. Yeah it’s BS, but it’s also very long standing doctrine. That said, Manafort isn’t actually being charged with the same crimes in NY.

          NY actually has stricter double jeopardy protections than the federal constitution which would bar his prosecution in NY for the same crimes.

    1. @dr-strangelove
      This was a political hit pure and simple, Vance is an absolute criminal jerk in the fashion of Hillary’s hit man Weismann. Good for DOJ for slapping his filthy corrupt hands.

  22. The way NY has treated Manafort and Trump is disgraceful. Hope this means the feds are going to get tough on them.

  23. If we had equal justice ,, Obama and Hillary would have been persecuted and sentenced to death or jailed for life. Treason and espionage!

  24. “No Vance, we’re not going to let you set this guy up to be shanked in a prison shower.”

  25. Upon initially hearing of his prison sentence, Manafort was overheard saying, “Odd but ok. Sounds kind of nice. Lots of trees and good leisure activity. I’m looking forward to being outside in the sun shiny days” When asked why he was excited about going to Riker’s Island he responded, “Riker’s Island?!?! I thought you said Biker’s Island. OH CRAP!!!!”

  26. Manafort may deserve to be in prison for what he has done, but I thought Riker’s Island was a bit much. It’s not like he’s going to try to escape at his age. This was definitely a political punishment by the left who hate anyone associated with Trump. These people are deranged and horrible human beings.

    1. @rae-from-minnesota Jails are pretty carefully segregated according to crime, color, gang affiliation, etc., but it could still be dangerous for a high-profile guy like Manafort.

    2. Prison is for dangerous, violent people. We’re too jail-happy. We need to focus more on restitution, not on punishment.

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