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For Manafort’s sentencing, a trip to the pre-cellphone era

If you need to get news out of the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia, bring plenty of quarters.

Cellphones and laptops aren’t allowed in the building. Cameras and voice recorders are banned as well.

Reporters at the Albert V. Bryan United States Courthouse have two options: run to the pay phone on the second floor, or scramble outside and look for an iPhone stashed away earlier.

On the afternoon of March 7, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was wheeled into a ninth-floor courtroom to learn his fate.

Crippled by gout and wearing a green prison uniform, Manafort faced up to 24 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of hiding millions of dollars from tax authorities and lying to banks about his financial status. Continue Reading

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