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Legal Experts Say Manafort Could Be Cutting Plea Deal as Judge Suddenly Delays Proceedings

July 15, 2018

Law & Crime spoke to Hank Hockeimer—who leads Ballard Spahr’s White Collar Defense/Internal Investigations Group—about what might be behind a judge’s decision to delay proceedings in Paul Manafort’s federal court case on charges of tax evasion and bank fraud.

"It could be anything from [Judge Ellis has] already made up his mind and will deny the motions and just push back jury selection to perhaps the parties jointly asked the court for more time because they are in plea negotiations. Matters are not often delayed on eve of trial in the rocket docket without a very good reason. That court moves stuff quickly to trial."

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