The Federal District Judge who presided over Paul Manafort Paul John Manafort Calif. man entangled in the Mueller probe sentenced to 6 months in prison NYT: Rick Gates sought plans to use false identities online in the 2016 Trump campaign Mueller's Movements for Manafort's Assaults MORE criminal trial in Virginia called the plea bargaining President Trump with "highly unusual" federal prosecutors.
Just TS Ellis III, of the US District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia, criticized the plan of federal prosecutors in a court order Wednesday to delay Manafort's sentence and their request to revoke the pending charges against of him until after fully cooperating with the special lawyer Robert Mueller Robert Swan MuellerSasse: the United States should applaud the choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe the investigation MORE .
"In this district, the government's decision to try a defendant on non-existent accounts is always made in a timely manner and the sentence occurs within two to no more than four months from the entry of a guilty sentence or from the receipt of a jury verdict, "wrote Ellis.
He ordered the parties to the case to return to court on October 19 so that he can establish a conviction date, a pre-sentence investigation report can be ordered and the parties can direct their plan to archive the pending counts .
Last month, Manafort reached an agreement with federal prosecutors to avoid a second criminal trial in Washington, DC He pleaded guilty to two federal charges – a conspiracy count against the United States and a conspiracy count to thwart justice with the tampering of witnesses.
The deal comes after a Virginia jury convicted him for eight counts of bank and tax fraud. The jury, however, has reached a deadlock with 10 other offices. As part of the plea bargaining, prosecutors said they would try to dismiss the remaining counts.