Manafort’s Breach Of Plea Deal Has Been Misunderstood

Law360 (March 11, 2019, 1:18 PM EDT) -- The relatively light 47-month sentence for Paul Manafort imposed by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia last week will likely increase the prosecution’s efforts to convince the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, in the sentencing hearing scheduled for March 13, to impose the maximum sentence and to have that sentence run consecutively with the Virginia sentence. Unlike in the Virginia proceeding, Manafort’s breach of his plea agreement in the D.C. proceeding made it easier for the prosecution and places him at considerable risk for a longer sentence.

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