The fact is that Manafort was given a 7.5 year sentence not a death sentence. This is an easy call for prison officials for an elderly nonviolent offender with a host of medical problems including respiratory issues. However, for many, this is a windfall benefit for a man who spent his life flaunting his wealth and special privileges. The idea of serving time in his luxury residence will be hard for many to swallow but it is not clear what the alternative would be.
Manafort will now benefit for any delay in a vaccine. We are not expected to see a widely available vaccine until next year. My guess is that Manafort will have a perfect record of incarceration in his luxury penthouse and will be in no rush to return. Given his history of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, liver problems, heart conditions, and respiratory issues, Manafort is the poster boy for a pandemic release.
As we previously discussed, Michael Cohen is also seeking release to his luxury residence to serve the remainder of his time. Both men, known for their insatiable appetites and luxury consumption, could now serve the remainder of their time like the true one percenters.
What is interesting is that, if Michael Flynn’s case is dismissed and Manafort is out of jail, President Trump may not be inclined to grant any pardons before the election.