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Members of the media as set up outside of federal court as jury deliberations are set to begin in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in Alexandria Va. Thursday Aug. 16 2018

Jury in trial of ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort submits four questions to judge

I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad, when you look at what's going on there. The judge read the note aloud in court.

They are to continue deliberating on Friday.

The jury in the bank fraud trial for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort ended deliberations Friday without a verdict. Jury lists are considered to be public unless a judge bans any access to them.

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They also alleged that Manafort had lied to banks in order to take out more than $20 million in loans after his Ukrainian political work dried up in 2015 and accused him of hiding foreign bank accounts from federal authorities.

Manafort is charged with bank and tax fraud in the first trial stemming from the probe overseen by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The length of jury deliberation can vary widely.

Not only are prosecutors trying Manafort for 18 counts - an unusually high total - but their case involves complex tax and bank loan laws.

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Former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief secretary Arbab Shahzad was also invited as a special guest, reports said. Rival candidate, Shehbaz Sharif, of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN), garnered 96 votes.

The judge also is due to hear arguments on Friday on a motion filed by seven news organizations seeking the names and addresses of the jurors and alternates, and for the court to unseal documents that have been filed but not made public, apparently related to a motion by the defense.

After empaneling the jury Friday morning, Ellis said he was inclined to allow the media group to intervene and scheduled a hearing for 2 p.m. Friday.

The jury today submitted a note asking to stop deliberations half an hour early.

Several media outlets, including CNN, have pushed for the information to be released.

Manafort faces up to 305 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

The jury had three other questions for the judge Thursday before they recessed for the day, including one requesting that they be given a document that matched the prosecution's evidence exhibits to the relevant charges. As for reasonable doubt, he described it as "a doubt based on reason" and told jurors it does not require proof "beyond all doubt". DMP International itself was not indicted - though as a company it could have been, Ellis had told the jury previously.

Prosecutors say he hid tens of millions of dollars in foreign income from the IRS by advising politicians in Ukraine.

Manafort's lawyer, Kevin Downing, said the question about reasonable doubt is "a good sign", according to USA Today.

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