Paul Manafort treated like a 'VIP' in prison, court documents show

Paul Manafort says he's being treated 'like a VIP' in jail

Paul Manafort says he's being treated 'like a VIP' in jail

Prosecutors also told Judge T.S. Ellis III that Manafort has had multiple visits with his legal team each week.

Prosecutors say Paul Manafort's July trial in the Eastern District of Virginia should not be postponed as Manafort requested - and they drop several details about Manafort's extensive contact with the outside world while he's behind bars. He also wants the trial moved to Roanoke. In a document dated July 10 but made public on Wednesday, Ellis wrote: "It is surprising and confusing when counsel identifies a problem and then opposes the most logical solution to that problem". "The dissonance between defendant's motion to continue and motion opposing transfer to the Alexandria Detention Center can not easily be explained or resolved".

On monitored prison phone calls, Manafort has said he's being treated as a "VIP", the special counsel said.

Manafort asked to delay the trial in Alexandria, Virginia, until after he's been tried in Washington where he's accused of failing to register in the U.S.as an agent of Ukraine and of laundering millions of dollars. "There is a strategy to it, even in failure, but there's a hope to it".


The filing said that Manafort had made more than 300 phone calls in the last three weeks and even "developed a workaround" to outsmart a ban on inmates sending or receiving emails at Northern Neck regional jail in Warsaw, Virginia. While the calls are limited to 15 minutes in length, there is no limit on how many calls he can make. Manafort doesn't have to wear a prison jumpsuit, the filing adds. He has a personal laptop on which he can review materials from the case and access to his own workspace to meet with his legal team, they said. "When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it reconnects to the internet and Manafort's emails are transmitted", the filing stated.

The prosecutors' filing says Manafort has everything he needs to prepare for the trial, including his own phone and computer. While Manafort's lawyers days ago said that he was in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day because the jail couldn't guarantee his safety, the government's portrayal suggested his circumstances are much less grim, a fact that Manafort himself tacitly admitted, when he said in a monitored conversation that he was being treated like a "VIP".

The D.C. filing came as Manafort appealed the ruling last month that sent him to jail after a federal judge ended his home detention and ordered him detained following Manafort's indictment on attempted witness tampering while he had been awaiting trial.

Not only has Manafort done a good amount of prep already, he also has ample opportunity for additional work. He has pleaded not guilty. Prior to being moved into his own private living space, Manafort reportedly lived in a "VIP cell" once occupied by former National Football League player Michael Vick.

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