The judge revealed in open court on Friday that he has received death threats, and is now traveling with the protection of the US Marshals Service. The judge declined to delve into specifics but said he’s been taken aback by the level of interest in the trial.
Good job, media, trying to expose the jury! The jury is scared of what could happen to them and only God knows if that might affect their verdict in the end.
Update to this story.
“I had no idea this case would incite this emotion,” U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III said in an open court hearing, responding to a motion from seven news organizations, including POLITICO, seeking access to sealed materials related to the trial that would have publicly identified the jurors.
Ellis denied the motion, telling the courtroom that jurors were “scared” and “afraid.” As a result, Ellis said, he didn’t “feel right” releasing the names of the 12-person jury.
But Manafort’s team left court on Friday pleased that deliberations would spill into a third day, with Manafort lawyer Kevin Downing telling reporters it favored his client.
Manafort is facing 18 counts of bank and tax fraud in the first case special counsel Robert Mueller has brought to trial as part of his wide-ranging probe of 2016 Russian election interference.
Jury deliberations are scheduled to resume Monday at 9:30 a.m. More
Judge T.S. Ellis III revealed in open court Friday that he has received death threats relating to his presiding over Paul Manafort’s trial for bank and tax fraud at a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.
The judge has since retained the protection of the U.S. Marshals Service.
Ellis made the comments after a coalition of news organizations — including The Washington Post, The New York Times, the Associated Press, CNN, NBC, Politico and BuzzFeed — requested the names and addresses of jurors seated for Manafort’s case. More
Manafort is being kept in an “elongated cell” with nothing to read or TV while the jury deliberates. It’s back to solitary for bank fraud.
Can you imagine if that treatment was given to a terrorist, how outraged the leftist pukes would be?
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