Manafort Juror on ‘Heated’ Deliberations: One Holdout Prevented Verdict on All Counts
On Wednesday, Paul Manafort juror Paula Duncan joined Fox News to talk about the high-profile trial and how one juror prevented Manafort from being convicted on all 18 counts.
On Tuesday former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort was convicted on eight felony counts on Tuesday including five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failure to file a report of foreign bank and financial accounts. He also faced 10 other charges, however, the judge declared a mistrial on those counts.
Speaking to Fox News during the 11 pm hour, Duncan detailed how one female juror was the holdout to convicting Manafort on all 18 counts.
“We all tried to convince her to look at the paper trail,” Duncan said about the deliberations that she admitted got “heated.”
She continued on: “We laid it out in front of her again and again, and she still said that she had a reasonable doubt. That’s the way the jury worked. We didn’t want it to be hung, so we tried for an extended period of time to convince her. But in the end, she held out and that’s why we have ten counts they did not get a verdict.”
Responding to a question asking if 11 of the 12 jurors including yourself would’ve convicted him on all 18, the juror likewise answered, “yes.”
“Crazily enough, there were even tears,” Duncan said of the heated deliberations.
Duncan, a Trump supporter, also answered questions about the political nature of the case and said that she did not think that politics played a role in the jury room despite the high stakes and big political names involved.
“I think we all went in there like we were supposed to and assumed that Mr. Manafort was innocent,” she said. “We did due diligence. We apply the evidence, our notes, the witnesses, and we came up with the guilty verdict on the eight counts.”
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