Last month, Paul Manafort (Donald Trump's former campaign manager) and Michael Cohen (Trump's former personal lawyer) were recently adjudicated guilty in separate federal criminal cases. Manafort, who was facing a second, and potentially more serious, federal trial then pleaded guilty to those charges and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.
Manafort was tried for eighteen counts of various violations of federal law. He was found guilty on 8 counts and the jury hung on 10 counts. Apparently, there was a lone juror holding out on the 10 hung counts – which of course would have allowed for a guilty verdict in Louisiana.
This type of verdict, often called a “split” verdict, is not unusual when the government charges a large number of counts, as was the case in Manafort's trial. This case was tried in the Eastern District of Virginia (shout out to the Tilly!). The second trial was scheduled to be held in the District of Columbia before Manafort decided to cut his losses and plead guilty. Guess that pardon is out the window now, don't you think?
Cohen, meanwhile, pleaded guilty in the Southern District of New York to eight counts of “evading taxes from 2012 to 2016, as well as to lying to a bank and committing campaign-finance violations that he said Donald Trump directed.”
I believe that both men suffered from their relationship with Donald Trump in the sense that they both might have gotten away with their crimes if had not been associated with Trump, though I think it's important to note that I have no proof of this. White-collar crime of this type frequently goes unpunished for various reasons. If you need a good lawyer for a white-collar crime (or any other crime for that matter), call the Law Office of Alex Kriksciun today!