Manafort trial judge concedes mistake in criticism of Mueller prosecutors

Image result for lawyer cryingU.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III, who has repeatedly berated prosecutors in Paul Manafort’s trial, on Thursday backed down from one such incident after one of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s deputies filed a motion complaining that Ellis had unfairly scolded them, potentially giving the jury the false impression that prosecutors had acted improperly.

“This prejudice should be cured,” prosecutor Andrew Weissman wrote. Ellis had criticized prosecutors for letting a witness, IRS agent Michael Welsh, sit in the courtroom before testifying, although Mueller’s team said Ellis had granted permission earlier for the witness to be there.

Ellis said he was “probably wrong” and instructed the jury to disregard his remarks.

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