Manafort Trial Judge Apologizes After Scolding Prosecutors For Crying, Improper Conduct: ‘I Was Probably Wrong’
T.S. Ellis, the U.S. District Court judge presiding over Paul Manafort‘s ongoing trial, has offered a mea culpa for his critical outbursts against the case’s prosecutors.
There were several tense moments between Ellis and the prosecution team this week, not the least of which was the moment when the judge accused one of the attorneys of having “tears in his eyes” and impolitely refusing to look at him. Ellis also criticized the prosecution for presenting evidence of Manafort’s extravagant lifestyle, and he also snapped at them for having IRS revenue agent Michael Welch attend court proceedings before taking the stand as an expert witness.
A court filing was submitted on Thursday to remind Ellis that he previously allowed Welch to attend the trial, and the prosecution team also asked him to tell the jury he was wrong to accuse the government of improper conduct. According to CNN, Ellis spoke to the jurors and walked back his scolding.
“Put aside any criticism. I was probably wrong in that,” said Ellis. “This robe doesn’t make me anything other than human.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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