Manafort heads to Rikers, Dershowitz slams move as used for ‘mafioso & terrorists’

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CNBC reports, Paul Manafort, the former chief of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, is set to be sent from federal prison to New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail.

The 70-year-old Manafort, now serving a federal prison sentence of seven-and-a-half years in connection with charges lodged by special counsel Robert Mueller, faces pending felony charges of mortgage fraud, conspiracy and falsifying business records in New York state.

Fox quoted Alan Dershowitz saying “I know Rikers well having spent time there visiting numerous defendants accused of murder and other violent crimes. It is a terrible place that no one should ever be sent to.”

“It should be shut down. It is so bad that defendants often plead guilty, even if they have defensible cases, simply to move to a safer and better prison,” Dershowitz added.

“Whatever the reason for the transfer, it seems like the selective application of the law for partisan purposes. The tactic of squeezing a potential witness by making his imprisonment unbearably harsh is generally reserved for mafioso, terrorists and other violent criminals who may have evidence against their bosses,” he concluded.

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