Legal Team Picks Apart Judge’s Ruling Against Manafort’s Bail
It’s pretty crazy that Manafort’s bail has been revoked while accused sexual preditor’s like Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein are currently out on bail. Especially when it was the Judge who failed to execute a no-contact order on Manafort.
According to Fox News, Washington, D.C., Federal District Judge Amy Berman Jackson sent the onetime power player to jail pending trial moments after he pleaded not guilty to the charges, brought against him and his associate, Konstantin Kilimnik of Moscow.
Mueller accused the pair of obstructing justice in the investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates in 2016.
Kilimnik was not in court on Friday. He is reportedly in Moscow.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson said she “struggled with this decision.” She said the legal standard at play was whether he was a “danger” to the public, meaning was there the possibility of Manafort committing future crimes if allowed to remain out of jail.
As Written By The Washington Examiner:
Manafort was widely reported to have a difficult time coming up with $10 million. That already seems excessive regardless of who is charged — in fact, sometimes $100 can be excessive if a person cannot afford it. Cash should not be the goal of bail. In a recent piece for Right on Crime’s criminal justice reform strides, Katie Greer writes, “Locking someone away simply because they can’t afford bail has proven counterproductive. While punishing someone before they’ve seen a fair trial is constitutionally questionable as is, spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars in response to a person’s bail debt is equally questionable. We should be more conscious of the financial consequences of pre-trial jail.”
And whatever may result at Manafort’s forthcoming trial or other negotiated disposition does not change the fact that merely communicating with potential witnesses is a very weak basis to deny bail that was already excessive.
Much of what the media often misses in these kinds of reports are that the criminal justice system should be fairly and equally applied to all people who go through it.