Former Trump campaign chair Manafort no longer under arrest, but court has a few conditions

Paul Manafort has won his bid to be released from house arrest until his criminal case has been resolved, but it doesn’t come without some pretty strict stipulations.

On Friday, a judge ruled that the former campaign chairman for President Trump could be released from home confinement in Alexandria, Virginia, but must still remain under GPS monitoring, get permission from the judge to travel, and be home by 11 p.m. every day, according to Buzzfeed News.

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Manafort, who was arraigned on 12 counts on October 30, had originally requested to be allowed to travel freely between his offices and homes in Florida, Virginia, and New York, but U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson asked Manafort’s lawyer, Kevin Downing, to choose one location. Manafort picked his Palm Beach Gardens, Florida home, and will be allowed to live there but will need the judge’s permission to go elsewhere unless it’s for a Washington, D.C. court appearance.

Further, Manafort will be required to stay away from “transportation facilities” such as airports and train stations, and will not be allowed to apply for a passport or leave the United States.

If he fails to show up in court, he will forfeit his four properties.

The former Trump campaign chairman had best tread lightly, having nearly run afoul of the judge before.

BuzzFeed News reports:

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office initially agreed to back Manafort’s proposed bail conditions, which included no GPS monitoring, but prosecutors withdrew their support after alerting the judge that Manafort had been involved in the drafting of an op-ed about his work in Ukraine.

Jackson had asked Manafort’s lawyers to explain why Manafort wasn’t in violation of her earlier order that the parties not make public statements that could jeopardize the case. Manafort’s lawyer denied wrongdoing, and also argued that Manafort should be allowed to defend himself in some capacity against negative reports about himself. Jackson ultimately did not find Manafort in contempt, but she admonished him and his lawyers to tread carefully going forward when it came to any public comments related to the case.

Manafort and his co-defendant, Rick Gates, will next appear in court on January 16 for a status hearing.

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