Judge in Manafort Trial Says He Won't Identify Jurors After Receiving Threats

Kevin Downing, Richard Westling and Thomas Zehnle, attorneys for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, leave the Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse during the second day of jury deliberation in Manafort's trial in Alexandria, Virginia on August 17, 2018 . Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Jury lists are made public unless a judge gives a reason for them to be a secret

(ALEXANDRIA, Va.) — The judge presiding over the fraud trial of former Trump campaign Paul Manafort says he won’t release the names of jurors at the trial’s conclusion because he fears for their safety and because he himself has received threats.

A coalition of media organizations, including The Associated Press, filed a motion requesting the names of jurors after the trial, as well as access to sealed transcripts of bench conferences that have occurred during the three-week trial.

Jury lists are presumed to be public unless a judge articulates a reason for keeping them secret.

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Judge T.S. Eliis III said during a hearing Friday afternoon he is concerned for the “peace and safety of the jurors.”

He said that he personally has received threats and is currently under the protection of U.S. marshals. He declined to delve into specifics, but said he’s been taken aback by the level of interest in the trial.


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