Who Is the Holdout Who Stopped Manafort Jury From Convicting on All Counts?

There's a mystery gripping American politics right now: Just who is the single holdout juror who stopped Paul Manafort from being convicted on all 18 counts against him?

Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, was convicted on Tuesday by a jury on five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud and one count of hiding a foreign bank account.

But Judge T. S. Ellis III declared a mistrial on a further 10 counts where the jury could not reach a verdict—all because one juror would not change their mind, despite the efforts of the others. Manafort, 69, is facing as many as 80 years in jail as he awaits sentencing.

One of the Manafort jurors broke cover to speak to Fox News about what happened behind closed doors at the trial. Paula Duncan, 52, revealed that "there was one holdout" juror who would not budge on the 10 counts.

Their argument? "Reasonable doubt," Duncan, a strong Trump supporter who sympathized with Manafort but thought he was guilty, said.

"The person, a female juror, was—we all tried to convince her to look at the paper trail. We laid it out in front of her, again and again, and she still said that she had a reasonable doubt. And that's the way the jury worked."

It was at times heated, Duncan said, and "there were even tears" in an "emotionally charged" jury room, where the ages ranged from mid-twenties to 69.

She added: "We didn't want it to be hung so we tried for an extended period of time to convince her but in the end she held out and that's why we have 10 counts that did not get a verdict."

Judge Ellis III would not allow the jurors' names to be released to the public, citing threats already made against him and a concern that they would also receive threats if their identities were known. But Duncan waived her anonymity because she said she is not afraid and does not feel threatened.

"I thought that the public, America, needed to know how close this was and that the evidence was overwhelming. I did not want Paul Manafort to be guilty, but he was, and no one is above the law," she said.

Duncan also said she did not think any of the jurors let their personal politics inform their decisions.

As well as sentencing in this trial, Manafort faces a second trial in September over on charges of acting as an unregistered foreign agent by covertly lobbying on behalf of the Ukrainian government in Washington, money laundering, lying to the FBI and witness tampering.

All the charges in the two trials emerged as a result of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of potential collusion between the Trump 2016 campaign and the Russian government.

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Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives at the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse for a hearing on June 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. Manafort was convicted August 21 of multiple fraud charges and faces a second trial in September. Mark Wilson/Getty Images
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