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Judge Refuses to Move Paul Manafort Trial to Roanoke

President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort goes to trial in Alexandria Federal District Court on bank and fraud charges next week, despite efforts to move it to Roanoke.

Manafort’s lawyers had argued the jury pool in Northern Virginia was too liberal and too saturated with media coverage to give him a fair trial.

“Judge T.S. Ellis ruled that Manafort is not entitled to a completely ignorant jury,” said Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond. “He said the case would get nationwide coverage wherever it was held and he said the case had not risen to a carnival-like atmosphere that would require a change of venue.”

Manafort was Trump’s campaign chairman for several months and is being prosecuted as part of the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.