Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is being held in solitary
confinement for at least 23 hours a day to “guarantee his safety”
while awaiting his two trials, according to court documents filed last
week. Defense attorney Kevin Downing wrote that Manafort cannot
adequately prepare for his trials in solitary confinement, and
attempted to argue for his release by saying that his charges are for
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office shot back, saying that witness
tampering was “no less damaging to the justice system when committed
through covert corrupt persuasion than through overt violence.” Since
June, New York magazine reports that he’s been locked away in the
“VIP” section of the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Virginia.
Mueller’s office says that Manafort’s treatment is “common to
defendants incarcerated pending trial,” while former Trump lawyer John
Dowd said it was “harsh” and an “outrageous violation” of his civil
liberties. Read more at New York Magazine.