In a heavy blow to the Muller team prosecuting Paul Manifort, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III who is presiding over the case blasted them on their conduct. The Muller team had been using the word "oligarch" to describe people with a lot of money. He said the term has a "pejorative" meaning. In other words, the Judge found the Mueller team was purposefully trying to be derogatory towards people with money.
In his most scathing remarks yet against the prosecutors, the judge banned the prosecutors from using the word any more saying, "It's not the American way,". He also reminded the prosecutors that people like George Soros or the Koch brothers could also be labeled as oligarchs. Obviously, using such names does not help in the pursuit of justice.
The Prosecutors were again scolded when they began showing pictures of expensive clothing. Eric Tucker from the Associated Press revealed the judges lambasting of the cowering prosecutors for trying such ridiculous tactics.
"Latest scolding from Judge Ellis as prosecutors wanted to discuss Manafort’s purchase of super high-end suits: “ The government doesn’t want to prosecute someone because they wear nice clothes, do they? Let’s move on. That’s enough.”'
As if that spanking wasn't bad enough for Team Muller, the judge kept on pressing.
Fox News quoted the judge saying, "The judge said the photos would seem “unnecessary, irrelevant” and potentially “prejudicial.” Further, he reminded the lawyers that Manafort “is not on trial for having a lavish lifestyle, but for not reporting income on his taxes.”
It seems like Muller is in for a rude awakening if he thinks this will be a slam dunk.
Back in May, the judge questioned the legitimacy of the trial in the first place.
"You don't really care about Mr. Manafor'ts bank fraud... you really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment or prosecution." the judge said.