Paul Manafort update: What can we do?

June 7, 2019 |

Since writing about the ruling to transfer Paul Manafort from a minimum-security federal prison for nonviolent offenders in Pennsylvania to the notorious Rikers Island state prison in New York, I’ve received many responses from horrified readers asking, “Isn’t there anything we can do?”

 

Rikers Island is consistently on the list of the ten worst prisons in the U.S., and for years, many have been calling for it to be shut down. For a 70-year-old, nonviolent, white-collar criminal who is no threat to anyone to be sent there is shocking. I wanted to know more about what this really will be like for Manafort and turned up an article about his transfer by someone who spent a year there himself.

 

The author is apparently an expert of sorts on prisons, having been incarcerated for a total of ten years, one of which was at Rikers. It’s every bit as dangerous and nightmarish as I imagined it would be. And, apparently, being in “PC” (protective custody) is even WORSE than being in the general population, as it’s extremely restrictive and the word “protective” is a joke to anyone who’s determined.

 

One very rarely encounters a nonviolent inmate there, and someone like Manafort –- white, wealthy and defenseless –- is going to be victimized for his money. Almost everyone there will be a threat to him, as they’ll all be trying to extort money from him. Woe to him if he doesn’t come up with whatever they demand. And many of these convicts are lifers, “visiting” temporarily from upstate prisons while they await additional trials; they have nothing whatsoever to lose and see these trips to Rikers as what the author calls “hunting safaris.”

 

The main point of the article isn’t that Manafort shouldn’t be there; it’s that NO ONE should be there –- that Rikers should be closed down --- and that perhaps the notoriety of this case will call more attention to that. (Hm, so Manfort’s being used again.)

 

I’m fine with Rikers being shut down. But, personally, I’d like to start with getting Manafort out of there, because he absolutely does not belong and will probably die there. This is not an appropriate punishment for the kind of crimes he committed. Period. In the final analysis, he ended up there because he dared to chair Donald Trump’s campaign and this is just a way to get at Trump.

 

What to make of Paul Manafort on Rikers Island: We all recognize that Trump’s former campaign chair is being punished by landing there; what does that say?

So, what can we do? An online search fails to turn up any petitions to stop this, but I’m not sure a petition would do any good in this case. I did see that there are petitions for EVERYTHING (well, almost everything; not this). We could start one, but the person behind this travesty, Cy Vance, Jr., is too busy virtue-signaling to all his Trump-hating friends to care what we think. In fact, he’d probably be giddy to think he’s upsetting us with this shameful stunt. Either something has to happen to publicly embarrass him over this and make him look indescribably bad, or Manafort’s lawyers are going to have to get a favorable ruling from some judge who has jurisdiction and who actually cares about civil liberties.

 

I hope Manafort has some extremely aggressive lawyers. No doubt they won’t be as aggressive as those lifers at Rikers Island, but this is going to take a serious fight. They need to be aggressive enough to win the day in court, and soon.

 

In the meantime, we’ll be looking to see if there really is anything we can do. There is a Paul Manafort Defense Fund, set up last year by his longtime friends, that you might want to check out. It has a lot of archived news stories about the investigation and his trial, but nothing yet about this transfer to Rikers. I hope they update it right away.

 

https://manafortdefense.org


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  • Lila O'Connell

    06/08/2019 05:32 PM

    Mike,
    You've said a lot of what all in their right minds are thinking. You're in a position to let us know what can be done, better than most of us, so please use all of your sources; call in any and all favors and let us know whatever can be done to rectify this dire injustus to Paul Manafort.

  • Karen Peitz

    06/08/2019 04:13 PM

    This compares to the Mexican cartel, crucifying those who do not bend to their demands. They publicly punish those who get in their way to put fear into those who think of hindering them. Is that what Cy Vance, Jr., is doing? Hurting all those who support Trump? What in the world is happening to this country! God help us!

  • Beverly Paige Bishop Walbert

    06/08/2019 03:49 PM

    Please get Manaford out of that Prison!!
    He has no Business being in there. It is for Harden Criminals in for life. If this man dies or is killed some one should have to pay for it. Probably and I Have forgotten who made that decision,FIB or those nasty Democrats.
    Get him out before he has a Stroke or Deadly Heart Attack. This is not for white
    Collar Criminals. Today it is ? As too what he really did?
    Thank you for listening to !y strong feeling about This move. I am 81 and soon 82 , I have not seen a !ore horrible move.!!

  • L. C. Black

    06/08/2019 03:24 PM

    If Paul Manafort is murdered while at Rikers can the Dishonorable Cy Vance, Jr. be charged as an accomplice to his murder?

  • Ray Quigley

    06/08/2019 02:30 PM

    We must say a prayer for Paul Manafort. The move to the hell hole of Rykers is unwarranted and unjust. It is one more thing that shows the true character of the whole Mueller investigation.

  • Mary Gentry

    06/08/2019 01:49 PM

    Vance sentenced Manafort to death by sending him to Rikers. It was a callous, vindictive act aimed at hurting Trump regardless what happens to Manafort. This is a person who should never hold the reins of power. President Trump should commute Manafort's sentence before he's killed by a Rikers resident.

  • Robert A.Hammill

    06/08/2019 01:34 PM

    Part of the pure eval the dumacrates
    are supporting !!

  • C Douglas Stram

    06/08/2019 01:23 PM

    1. In my opinion, blinded by hate, Cy Vance, Jr. intends bodily harm and death to Paul Manafort. To me, Cy Vance, Jr. is a violent person and should be serving time on Rikers Island.
    Finding Hillary Clinton guilty of treason, I'd also like to see Hillary Clinton serving time on Rikers Island. (By the way: Discounting all votes from the deep blue State of California, Donald J Trump won the popular vote in 49 States)
    2. Our great President, Donald J Trump, did not balk at justice served for Paul Manafort. But, seeing inappropriate punishment, torture or death sentence imposed is not justice. Can President Trump pardon Paul Manafort on the grounds that justice no longer fits the crime?
    3. Equality, fairness and justice, as defined in the Constitution and laws of nature's God, need to be expounded before the 2020 election -- intended to correct blindness with the truth and encourage support for our President, who needs 4 more years to drain the swamp.

  • Ken Lutz

    06/08/2019 01:03 PM

    At 80 yrs old, I have never heard of Rikers Island prison. I thought these type of prison only existed in Nazi Germany and other places of dictatorships reside. in the USA?? Shut the prison down, but make sure Paul Manafort and any others like him are released or transferred to a prison where they are given humane treatment.

  • Richard Hines

    06/08/2019 12:14 PM

    Mike, How about we find out the name and address of the judge who sentenced him to be incarcerated there? This judge needs some serious protesting/harassing to make his life absolutely
    as miserable as possible. Let's see how he likes it and that his vindictive decisions have consequences. Sign me up.

  • Claudia Boettcher

    06/08/2019 12:09 PM

    My heart and soul are just sick over what Obama has done to our justice system. I pray the Lord steps in and says enough is enough.

  • Ken Truell

    06/08/2019 11:54 AM

    I see this as one more example of the double standard of justice that has become commonplace in these United States. If we had a truly fair law system, Hillary Clinton would already have a room at a female version of Rikers. It makes me very angry to watch free felons on the Left thumb their nose at the scales of Justice and walk away scot free. This is not the America that should be. Agree?

  • Marjorie Anderson

    06/08/2019 10:58 AM

    We can all pray concerning this. God will hear us and He can do something we may never have thought of! Right? ????

  • LAWRENCE EDWARDS

    06/08/2019 10:40 AM

    GET MANAFORT OUT OF RIKERS NOW !!

  • Linda Durgin

    06/08/2019 10:22 AM

    Does he have the right attorneys? Any defense funds left over will be donated to the ACLU and another group. Why?

  • Michael Hayes

    06/08/2019 10:01 AM

    It’s a shame in America we have a 2 tier justice system ! Why can’t our legal system do something about this disgrace???

  • Rob Edwards

    06/08/2019 09:29 AM

    "Cy Vance, Jr., is too busy virtue-signaling to all his Trump-hating friends to care what we think. In fact, he’d probably be giddy to think he’s upsetting us with this shameful stunt. Either something has to happen to publicly embarrass him over this and make him look indescribably bad" - Mike, I don't believe the evil minions from the Mueller Witch-hunt Committee care what others think. If they did you would see "compassion" which, as we are observing is not a word in their wicked dictionary nor a way of life to any of them. My hope is that the "Committee of Doom" which includes an extensive list of haters, brutal despots and those who despise good and include the likes of Obama, Hillary, Comey, Brennan, all of the Mueller Witch-hunt Committee, and many more all are brought to justice, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to many years in prison - maybe even Rikers. I believe that the "Teflon" cover is wearing off and these evil minions will experience the wrath they so richly deserve!

  • Annette Baugh

    06/08/2019 09:29 AM

    This "travesty" is just another example of what your "ruler,extraordinaire" cares about - and it certainly is not the American public! He has done absolutely nothing to defend Mr. Manifort , that I have read about. First he claimed he didn't even know him, then when the going gets rough, he throws him under the bus! Yep, this dictator is a real upstanding "leader"... See what he does for his friends? NOTHING! Yet you all but worship him... brings to mind the Jim Jones debacle.

  • Joseph Trokey

    06/08/2019 09:24 AM

    I know that there will see be some who will laugh at what I write next, but here goes. People who do things like this out of spite, hate, or whatever name you want to give it have to one day face God's decision on what will happen next. I don't believe I would want to be in Cy Vance, Jr.'s shoes when that happens. I know that doesn't help Manafort right now, but maybe he will have the chance to smile later.

  • Gloria Doran

    06/08/2019 09:22 AM

    Let's put the person who sent him to Rikers in there and see how long he survives. Equal justices under the law does not apply to everyone.

  • Nancy Emmons

    06/08/2019 09:15 AM

    Let the punishment fit the crime. This punishment is overkill. Seems political, not fair.

  • Sarah Ellington

    06/08/2019 07:51 AM

    Solitary confinement for months is awful. Rivers. What gives? He apparently is guilty. How did this happen? I saw it and don’t understand
    I do understand the length the left will go. I believe in consequences for behavior. This is extreme.
    Personally I believe “no one” should be prosecuted until Hillary Clinton, FBI,
    Clapper, Lynch and Brennan receive their just reward.

  • Deborah Stanford

    06/08/2019 06:46 AM

    This is horrible! Did he break the law, yes. He does deserve punishment but not in a horrible place like this. Goes to show, if connected to Trump, you are not on equal ground.

  • Don Chenault

    06/08/2019 06:36 AM

    the 2 tier justice system has become a national disgrace.. hard to believe this could happen in the USA..when did republicans go to sleep and allow this to happen.

  • Carol Mathews

    06/08/2019 01:03 AM

    This is injustice in its highest form. We the public feel so helpless when we see so much of this and can't find a way to stop it. All news outlets seem to be in on the take downs and anything connected to the President and this is so wrong. I hope that Pres. Trump will pardon him before he leaves office. Maybe in his first days after being elected in 2010, he can pardon him if it isn't too late and he succumbs to some terrible malady.
    All this lies at the feet of Mueller and the witch hunt crew. May he and they, someday, receive that which has been bestowed on others three fold.

Paul Manafort update: What can we do?

June 7, 2019 |

Since writing about the ruling to transfer Paul Manafort from a minimum-security federal prison for nonviolent offenders in Pennsylvania to the notorious Rikers Island state prison in New York, I’ve received many responses from horrified readers asking, “Isn’t there anything we can do?”

 

Rikers Island is consistently on the list of the ten worst prisons in the U.S., and for years, many have been calling for it to be shut down. For a 70-year-old, nonviolent, white-collar criminal who is no threat to anyone to be sent there is shocking. I wanted to know more about what this really will be like for Manafort and turned up an article about his transfer by someone who spent a year there himself.

 

The author is apparently an expert of sorts on prisons, having been incarcerated for a total of ten years, one of which was at Rikers. It’s every bit as dangerous and nightmarish as I imagined it would be. And, apparently, being in “PC” (protective custody) is even WORSE than being in the general population, as it’s extremely restrictive and the word “protective” is a joke to anyone who’s determined.

 

One very rarely encounters a nonviolent inmate there, and someone like Manafort –- white, wealthy and defenseless –- is going to be victimized for his money. Almost everyone there will be a threat to him, as they’ll all be trying to extort money from him. Woe to him if he doesn’t come up with whatever they demand. And many of these convicts are lifers, “visiting” temporarily from upstate prisons while they await additional trials; they have nothing whatsoever to lose and see these trips to Rikers as what the author calls “hunting safaris.”

 

The main point of the article isn’t that Manafort shouldn’t be there; it’s that NO ONE should be there –- that Rikers should be closed down --- and that perhaps the notoriety of this case will call more attention to that. (Hm, so Manfort’s being used again.)

 

I’m fine with Rikers being shut down. But, personally, I’d like to start with getting Manafort out of there, because he absolutely does not belong and will probably die there. This is not an appropriate punishment for the kind of crimes he committed. Period. In the final analysis, he ended up there because he dared to chair Donald Trump’s campaign and this is just a way to get at Trump.

 

What to make of Paul Manafort on Rikers Island: We all recognize that Trump’s former campaign chair is being punished by landing there; what does that say?

So, what can we do? An online search fails to turn up any petitions to stop this, but I’m not sure a petition would do any good in this case. I did see that there are petitions for EVERYTHING (well, almost everything; not this). We could start one, but the person behind this travesty, Cy Vance, Jr., is too busy virtue-signaling to all his Trump-hating friends to care what we think. In fact, he’d probably be giddy to think he’s upsetting us with this shameful stunt. Either something has to happen to publicly embarrass him over this and make him look indescribably bad, or Manafort’s lawyers are going to have to get a favorable ruling from some judge who has jurisdiction and who actually cares about civil liberties.

 

I hope Manafort has some extremely aggressive lawyers. No doubt they won’t be as aggressive as those lifers at Rikers Island, but this is going to take a serious fight. They need to be aggressive enough to win the day in court, and soon.

 

In the meantime, we’ll be looking to see if there really is anything we can do. There is a Paul Manafort Defense Fund, set up last year by his longtime friends, that you might want to check out. It has a lot of archived news stories about the investigation and his trial, but nothing yet about this transfer to Rikers. I hope they update it right away.

 

https://manafortdefense.org


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  • Lila O'Connell

    06/08/2019 05:32 PM

    Mike,
    You've said a lot of what all in their right minds are thinking. You're in a position to let us know what can be done, better than most of us, so please use all of your sources; call in any and all favors and let us know whatever can be done to rectify this dire injustus to Paul Manafort.

  • Karen Peitz

    06/08/2019 04:13 PM

    This compares to the Mexican cartel, crucifying those who do not bend to their demands. They publicly punish those who get in their way to put fear into those who think of hindering them. Is that what Cy Vance, Jr., is doing? Hurting all those who support Trump? What in the world is happening to this country! God help us!

  • Beverly Paige Bishop Walbert

    06/08/2019 03:49 PM

    Please get Manaford out of that Prison!!
    He has no Business being in there. It is for Harden Criminals in for life. If this man dies or is killed some one should have to pay for it. Probably and I Have forgotten who made that decision,FIB or those nasty Democrats.
    Get him out before he has a Stroke or Deadly Heart Attack. This is not for white
    Collar Criminals. Today it is ? As too what he really did?
    Thank you for listening to !y strong feeling about This move. I am 81 and soon 82 , I have not seen a !ore horrible move.!!

  • L. C. Black

    06/08/2019 03:24 PM

    If Paul Manafort is murdered while at Rikers can the Dishonorable Cy Vance, Jr. be charged as an accomplice to his murder?

  • Ray Quigley

    06/08/2019 02:30 PM

    We must say a prayer for Paul Manafort. The move to the hell hole of Rykers is unwarranted and unjust. It is one more thing that shows the true character of the whole Mueller investigation.

  • Mary Gentry

    06/08/2019 01:49 PM

    Vance sentenced Manafort to death by sending him to Rikers. It was a callous, vindictive act aimed at hurting Trump regardless what happens to Manafort. This is a person who should never hold the reins of power. President Trump should commute Manafort's sentence before he's killed by a Rikers resident.

  • Robert A.Hammill

    06/08/2019 01:34 PM

    Part of the pure eval the dumacrates
    are supporting !!

  • C Douglas Stram

    06/08/2019 01:23 PM

    1. In my opinion, blinded by hate, Cy Vance, Jr. intends bodily harm and death to Paul Manafort. To me, Cy Vance, Jr. is a violent person and should be serving time on Rikers Island.
    Finding Hillary Clinton guilty of treason, I'd also like to see Hillary Clinton serving time on Rikers Island. (By the way: Discounting all votes from the deep blue State of California, Donald J Trump won the popular vote in 49 States)
    2. Our great President, Donald J Trump, did not balk at justice served for Paul Manafort. But, seeing inappropriate punishment, torture or death sentence imposed is not justice. Can President Trump pardon Paul Manafort on the grounds that justice no longer fits the crime?
    3. Equality, fairness and justice, as defined in the Constitution and laws of nature's God, need to be expounded before the 2020 election -- intended to correct blindness with the truth and encourage support for our President, who needs 4 more years to drain the swamp.

  • Ken Lutz

    06/08/2019 01:03 PM

    At 80 yrs old, I have never heard of Rikers Island prison. I thought these type of prison only existed in Nazi Germany and other places of dictatorships reside. in the USA?? Shut the prison down, but make sure Paul Manafort and any others like him are released or transferred to a prison where they are given humane treatment.

  • Richard Hines

    06/08/2019 12:14 PM

    Mike, How about we find out the name and address of the judge who sentenced him to be incarcerated there? This judge needs some serious protesting/harassing to make his life absolutely
    as miserable as possible. Let's see how he likes it and that his vindictive decisions have consequences. Sign me up.

  • Claudia Boettcher

    06/08/2019 12:09 PM

    My heart and soul are just sick over what Obama has done to our justice system. I pray the Lord steps in and says enough is enough.

  • Ken Truell

    06/08/2019 11:54 AM

    I see this as one more example of the double standard of justice that has become commonplace in these United States. If we had a truly fair law system, Hillary Clinton would already have a room at a female version of Rikers. It makes me very angry to watch free felons on the Left thumb their nose at the scales of Justice and walk away scot free. This is not the America that should be. Agree?

  • Marjorie Anderson

    06/08/2019 10:58 AM

    We can all pray concerning this. God will hear us and He can do something we may never have thought of! Right? ????

  • LAWRENCE EDWARDS

    06/08/2019 10:40 AM

    GET MANAFORT OUT OF RIKERS NOW !!

  • Linda Durgin

    06/08/2019 10:22 AM

    Does he have the right attorneys? Any defense funds left over will be donated to the ACLU and another group. Why?

  • Michael Hayes

    06/08/2019 10:01 AM

    It’s a shame in America we have a 2 tier justice system ! Why can’t our legal system do something about this disgrace???

  • Rob Edwards

    06/08/2019 09:29 AM

    "Cy Vance, Jr., is too busy virtue-signaling to all his Trump-hating friends to care what we think. In fact, he’d probably be giddy to think he’s upsetting us with this shameful stunt. Either something has to happen to publicly embarrass him over this and make him look indescribably bad" - Mike, I don't believe the evil minions from the Mueller Witch-hunt Committee care what others think. If they did you would see "compassion" which, as we are observing is not a word in their wicked dictionary nor a way of life to any of them. My hope is that the "Committee of Doom" which includes an extensive list of haters, brutal despots and those who despise good and include the likes of Obama, Hillary, Comey, Brennan, all of the Mueller Witch-hunt Committee, and many more all are brought to justice, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to many years in prison - maybe even Rikers. I believe that the "Teflon" cover is wearing off and these evil minions will experience the wrath they so richly deserve!

  • Annette Baugh

    06/08/2019 09:29 AM

    This "travesty" is just another example of what your "ruler,extraordinaire" cares about - and it certainly is not the American public! He has done absolutely nothing to defend Mr. Manifort , that I have read about. First he claimed he didn't even know him, then when the going gets rough, he throws him under the bus! Yep, this dictator is a real upstanding "leader"... See what he does for his friends? NOTHING! Yet you all but worship him... brings to mind the Jim Jones debacle.

  • Joseph Trokey

    06/08/2019 09:24 AM

    I know that there will see be some who will laugh at what I write next, but here goes. People who do things like this out of spite, hate, or whatever name you want to give it have to one day face God's decision on what will happen next. I don't believe I would want to be in Cy Vance, Jr.'s shoes when that happens. I know that doesn't help Manafort right now, but maybe he will have the chance to smile later.

  • Gloria Doran

    06/08/2019 09:22 AM

    Let's put the person who sent him to Rikers in there and see how long he survives. Equal justices under the law does not apply to everyone.

  • Nancy Emmons

    06/08/2019 09:15 AM

    Let the punishment fit the crime. This punishment is overkill. Seems political, not fair.

  • Sarah Ellington

    06/08/2019 07:51 AM

    Solitary confinement for months is awful. Rivers. What gives? He apparently is guilty. How did this happen? I saw it and don’t understand
    I do understand the length the left will go. I believe in consequences for behavior. This is extreme.
    Personally I believe “no one” should be prosecuted until Hillary Clinton, FBI,
    Clapper, Lynch and Brennan receive their just reward.

  • Deborah Stanford

    06/08/2019 06:46 AM

    This is horrible! Did he break the law, yes. He does deserve punishment but not in a horrible place like this. Goes to show, if connected to Trump, you are not on equal ground.

  • Don Chenault

    06/08/2019 06:36 AM

    the 2 tier justice system has become a national disgrace.. hard to believe this could happen in the USA..when did republicans go to sleep and allow this to happen.

  • Carol Mathews

    06/08/2019 01:03 AM

    This is injustice in its highest form. We the public feel so helpless when we see so much of this and can't find a way to stop it. All news outlets seem to be in on the take downs and anything connected to the President and this is so wrong. I hope that Pres. Trump will pardon him before he leaves office. Maybe in his first days after being elected in 2010, he can pardon him if it isn't too late and he succumbs to some terrible malady.
    All this lies at the feet of Mueller and the witch hunt crew. May he and they, someday, receive that which has been bestowed on others three fold.

Paul Manafort update: What can we do?

June 7, 2019 |

Since writing about the ruling to transfer Paul Manafort from a minimum-security federal prison for nonviolent offenders in Pennsylvania to the notorious Rikers Island state prison in New York, I’ve received many responses from horrified readers asking, “Isn’t there anything we can do?”

 

Rikers Island is consistently on the list of the ten worst prisons in the U.S., and for years, many have been calling for it to be shut down. For a 70-year-old, nonviolent, white-collar criminal who is no threat to anyone to be sent there is shocking. I wanted to know more about what this really will be like for Manafort and turned up an article about his transfer by someone who spent a year there himself.

 

The author is apparently an expert of sorts on prisons, having been incarcerated for a total of ten years, one of which was at Rikers. It’s every bit as dangerous and nightmarish as I imagined it would be. And, apparently, being in “PC” (protective custody) is even WORSE than being in the general population, as it’s extremely restrictive and the word “protective” is a joke to anyone who’s determined.

 

One very rarely encounters a nonviolent inmate there, and someone like Manafort –- white, wealthy and defenseless –- is going to be victimized for his money. Almost everyone there will be a threat to him, as they’ll all be trying to extort money from him. Woe to him if he doesn’t come up with whatever they demand. And many of these convicts are lifers, “visiting” temporarily from upstate prisons while they await additional trials; they have nothing whatsoever to lose and see these trips to Rikers as what the author calls “hunting safaris.”

 

The main point of the article isn’t that Manafort shouldn’t be there; it’s that NO ONE should be there –- that Rikers should be closed down --- and that perhaps the notoriety of this case will call more attention to that. (Hm, so Manfort’s being used again.)

 

I’m fine with Rikers being shut down. But, personally, I’d like to start with getting Manafort out of there, because he absolutely does not belong and will probably die there. This is not an appropriate punishment for the kind of crimes he committed. Period. In the final analysis, he ended up there because he dared to chair Donald Trump’s campaign and this is just a way to get at Trump.

 

What to make of Paul Manafort on Rikers Island: We all recognize that Trump’s former campaign chair is being punished by landing there; what does that say?

So, what can we do? An online search fails to turn up any petitions to stop this, but I’m not sure a petition would do any good in this case. I did see that there are petitions for EVERYTHING (well, almost everything; not this). We could start one, but the person behind this travesty, Cy Vance, Jr., is too busy virtue-signaling to all his Trump-hating friends to care what we think. In fact, he’d probably be giddy to think he’s upsetting us with this shameful stunt. Either something has to happen to publicly embarrass him over this and make him look indescribably bad, or Manafort’s lawyers are going to have to get a favorable ruling from some judge who has jurisdiction and who actually cares about civil liberties.

 

I hope Manafort has some extremely aggressive lawyers. No doubt they won’t be as aggressive as those lifers at Rikers Island, but this is going to take a serious fight. They need to be aggressive enough to win the day in court, and soon.

 

In the meantime, we’ll be looking to see if there really is anything we can do. There is a Paul Manafort Defense Fund, set up last year by his longtime friends, that you might want to check out. It has a lot of archived news stories about the investigation and his trial, but nothing yet about this transfer to Rikers. I hope they update it right away.

 

https://manafortdefense.org


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  • Lila O'Connell

    06/08/2019 05:32 PM

    Mike,
    You've said a lot of what all in their right minds are thinking. You're in a position to let us know what can be done, better than most of us, so please use all of your sources; call in any and all favors and let us know whatever can be done to rectify this dire injustus to Paul Manafort.

  • Karen Peitz

    06/08/2019 04:13 PM

    This compares to the Mexican cartel, crucifying those who do not bend to their demands. They publicly punish those who get in their way to put fear into those who think of hindering them. Is that what Cy Vance, Jr., is doing? Hurting all those who support Trump? What in the world is happening to this country! God help us!

  • Beverly Paige Bishop Walbert

    06/08/2019 03:49 PM

    Please get Manaford out of that Prison!!
    He has no Business being in there. It is for Harden Criminals in for life. If this man dies or is killed some one should have to pay for it. Probably and I Have forgotten who made that decision,FIB or those nasty Democrats.
    Get him out before he has a Stroke or Deadly Heart Attack. This is not for white
    Collar Criminals. Today it is ? As too what he really did?
    Thank you for listening to !y strong feeling about This move. I am 81 and soon 82 , I have not seen a !ore horrible move.!!

  • L. C. Black

    06/08/2019 03:24 PM

    If Paul Manafort is murdered while at Rikers can the Dishonorable Cy Vance, Jr. be charged as an accomplice to his murder?

  • Ray Quigley

    06/08/2019 02:30 PM

    We must say a prayer for Paul Manafort. The move to the hell hole of Rykers is unwarranted and unjust. It is one more thing that shows the true character of the whole Mueller investigation.

  • Mary Gentry

    06/08/2019 01:49 PM

    Vance sentenced Manafort to death by sending him to Rikers. It was a callous, vindictive act aimed at hurting Trump regardless what happens to Manafort. This is a person who should never hold the reins of power. President Trump should commute Manafort's sentence before he's killed by a Rikers resident.

  • Robert A.Hammill

    06/08/2019 01:34 PM

    Part of the pure eval the dumacrates
    are supporting !!

  • C Douglas Stram

    06/08/2019 01:23 PM

    1. In my opinion, blinded by hate, Cy Vance, Jr. intends bodily harm and death to Paul Manafort. To me, Cy Vance, Jr. is a violent person and should be serving time on Rikers Island.
    Finding Hillary Clinton guilty of treason, I'd also like to see Hillary Clinton serving time on Rikers Island. (By the way: Discounting all votes from the deep blue State of California, Donald J Trump won the popular vote in 49 States)
    2. Our great President, Donald J Trump, did not balk at justice served for Paul Manafort. But, seeing inappropriate punishment, torture or death sentence imposed is not justice. Can President Trump pardon Paul Manafort on the grounds that justice no longer fits the crime?
    3. Equality, fairness and justice, as defined in the Constitution and laws of nature's God, need to be expounded before the 2020 election -- intended to correct blindness with the truth and encourage support for our President, who needs 4 more years to drain the swamp.

  • Ken Lutz

    06/08/2019 01:03 PM

    At 80 yrs old, I have never heard of Rikers Island prison. I thought these type of prison only existed in Nazi Germany and other places of dictatorships reside. in the USA?? Shut the prison down, but make sure Paul Manafort and any others like him are released or transferred to a prison where they are given humane treatment.

  • Richard Hines

    06/08/2019 12:14 PM

    Mike, How about we find out the name and address of the judge who sentenced him to be incarcerated there? This judge needs some serious protesting/harassing to make his life absolutely
    as miserable as possible. Let's see how he likes it and that his vindictive decisions have consequences. Sign me up.

  • Claudia Boettcher

    06/08/2019 12:09 PM

    My heart and soul are just sick over what Obama has done to our justice system. I pray the Lord steps in and says enough is enough.

  • Ken Truell

    06/08/2019 11:54 AM

    I see this as one more example of the double standard of justice that has become commonplace in these United States. If we had a truly fair law system, Hillary Clinton would already have a room at a female version of Rikers. It makes me very angry to watch free felons on the Left thumb their nose at the scales of Justice and walk away scot free. This is not the America that should be. Agree?

  • Marjorie Anderson

    06/08/2019 10:58 AM

    We can all pray concerning this. God will hear us and He can do something we may never have thought of! Right? ????

  • LAWRENCE EDWARDS

    06/08/2019 10:40 AM

    GET MANAFORT OUT OF RIKERS NOW !!

  • Linda Durgin

    06/08/2019 10:22 AM

    Does he have the right attorneys? Any defense funds left over will be donated to the ACLU and another group. Why?

  • Michael Hayes

    06/08/2019 10:01 AM

    It’s a shame in America we have a 2 tier justice system ! Why can’t our legal system do something about this disgrace???

  • Rob Edwards

    06/08/2019 09:29 AM

    "Cy Vance, Jr., is too busy virtue-signaling to all his Trump-hating friends to care what we think. In fact, he’d probably be giddy to think he’s upsetting us with this shameful stunt. Either something has to happen to publicly embarrass him over this and make him look indescribably bad" - Mike, I don't believe the evil minions from the Mueller Witch-hunt Committee care what others think. If they did you would see "compassion" which, as we are observing is not a word in their wicked dictionary nor a way of life to any of them. My hope is that the "Committee of Doom" which includes an extensive list of haters, brutal despots and those who despise good and include the likes of Obama, Hillary, Comey, Brennan, all of the Mueller Witch-hunt Committee, and many more all are brought to justice, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to many years in prison - maybe even Rikers. I believe that the "Teflon" cover is wearing off and these evil minions will experience the wrath they so richly deserve!

  • Annette Baugh

    06/08/2019 09:29 AM

    This "travesty" is just another example of what your "ruler,extraordinaire" cares about - and it certainly is not the American public! He has done absolutely nothing to defend Mr. Manifort , that I have read about. First he claimed he didn't even know him, then when the going gets rough, he throws him under the bus! Yep, this dictator is a real upstanding "leader"... See what he does for his friends? NOTHING! Yet you all but worship him... brings to mind the Jim Jones debacle.

  • Joseph Trokey

    06/08/2019 09:24 AM

    I know that there will see be some who will laugh at what I write next, but here goes. People who do things like this out of spite, hate, or whatever name you want to give it have to one day face God's decision on what will happen next. I don't believe I would want to be in Cy Vance, Jr.'s shoes when that happens. I know that doesn't help Manafort right now, but maybe he will have the chance to smile later.

  • Gloria Doran

    06/08/2019 09:22 AM

    Let's put the person who sent him to Rikers in there and see how long he survives. Equal justices under the law does not apply to everyone.

  • Nancy Emmons

    06/08/2019 09:15 AM

    Let the punishment fit the crime. This punishment is overkill. Seems political, not fair.

  • Sarah Ellington

    06/08/2019 07:51 AM

    Solitary confinement for months is awful. Rivers. What gives? He apparently is guilty. How did this happen? I saw it and don’t understand
    I do understand the length the left will go. I believe in consequences for behavior. This is extreme.
    Personally I believe “no one” should be prosecuted until Hillary Clinton, FBI,
    Clapper, Lynch and Brennan receive their just reward.

  • Deborah Stanford

    06/08/2019 06:46 AM

    This is horrible! Did he break the law, yes. He does deserve punishment but not in a horrible place like this. Goes to show, if connected to Trump, you are not on equal ground.

  • Don Chenault

    06/08/2019 06:36 AM

    the 2 tier justice system has become a national disgrace.. hard to believe this could happen in the USA..when did republicans go to sleep and allow this to happen.

  • Carol Mathews

    06/08/2019 01:03 AM

    This is injustice in its highest form. We the public feel so helpless when we see so much of this and can't find a way to stop it. All news outlets seem to be in on the take downs and anything connected to the President and this is so wrong. I hope that Pres. Trump will pardon him before he leaves office. Maybe in his first days after being elected in 2010, he can pardon him if it isn't too late and he succumbs to some terrible malady.
    All this lies at the feet of Mueller and the witch hunt crew. May he and they, someday, receive that which has been bestowed on others three fold.