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By Tom Winter
The legal team of Paul Manafort pleaded for a sentence "significantly" lower than 10 years that could be pronounced and argued that, given the money and assets that Manafort has given to the government, he should not receive any prison sentence from him. case before the US District Court in Washington, DC
His lawyers argue in a memorandum submitted to the court that only a few violations of the law on the registration of foreign agents who have been the subject of lawsuits in the past, and note that those convicted of crimes against foreigners are not criminals. violating foreign bank account reporting laws are often not sentenced to prison. Sentences.
"This case does not involve murders, drug cartels, organized crime, Madoff Ponzi's ploy or Enron's collapse," they write in a memo.
Instead, they said that Manafort, aged 69, had been ruined by the scrutiny and scope of the investigation, which resulted in no charges of "Russian collusion" ".
The memo from the Manafort team follows a sentencing document submitted by Special Advocate Robert Mueller's office on Friday night. Prosecutors in this note said that Manafort had "repeatedly slammed" laws ranging from tax evasion to money laundering through the law on the registration of foreign agents.
Manafort's lawyers, former president of President Donald Trump's campaign, also reiterated their earlier statements about a "pre-dawn" raid that woke up Manafort and his wife in the summer of 2017, when agents armed with their firearms entered the house of Manafort to search not for proof of Russian collusion but for tax evasion. The special advocate's office challenged this assertion in court, claiming that the investigators were subject to an ordinary search warrant after 6 am.
Manafort's lawyers also argue in the memo that his case is already a deterrent to potential future rapists.
"Because of this widely reported case, the public now understands what can happen when the entire US Government prosecution force is inflicted on an individual and that potential violators have generally been dissuaded from engaging in corrupt behavior. similar, "they wrote.
Manafort's lawyers also included witness statements, including his wife, Kathleen, and his daughter, who said his father was "worthy of forgiveness".