The judge in Paul Manafort's fraud trial revealed Friday he has received threats over the case and now travels with U.S. Marshals, as he turned back a media request to release juror information.
U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III, in rejecting the motion, argued that he's confident the jurors would be threatened as well if their information were to be made public.
"I can tell you there have been [threats]. ... I don't feel right if I release their names," he said, adding that because of threats against him, "The Marshals go where I go."
The startling revelation came as the jury deliberated for its second day. Ellis, a famously prickly judge known for his colorful comments, has attracted considerable attention during the Manafort trial for his frequent sparring with the attorneys -- particularly those on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team.
Earlier Friday morning, Ellis acknowledged facing pushback about how he's handled this case.
He told attorneys "I'm no stranger to criticism," but said "this case has brought it to a new level."...
Judge in Manafort trial says he's been threatened over case | Fox News
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Jurors can always come forward on their own. There no reason to release this info. This motion by anti-Trump media outlets was an attempt to intimidate the jury.
Oh, please. The reporting I saw (not
Faux News) said that the request was made that the names be released after the verdict is final and the trial is over, which is pretty standard for high-profile trials, as the media wants to try to interview the jurors after the fact. The only thing unusual about this is the judge saying he's not going to release the info because of concerns about the jurors' safety. I would be v. surprised to find that any threats toward the judge and jurors are coming from anyone other than the right and Trump supporters, not anyone "anti-Trump."
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Oh, please. The reporting I saw (not Faux News) said that the request was made that the names be released after the verdict is final and the trial is over, which is pretty standard for high-profile trials, as the media wants to try to interview the jurors after the fact. The only thing unusual about this is the judge saying he's not going to release the info because of concerns about the jurors' safety. I guarantee you that any threats toward the judge and jurors are coming from the right and Trump supporters, not anyone "anti-Trump."
I genuinely think there are mentally unstable people in both camps, both the "anti-Trump" and "pro-Trump" ones. I have a feeling that the number of those who might actually resort to threats and violence, might be higher in the latter than in the former, but that's just me speculating. But anyway, it only takes one violence-prone individual to do damage, so their respective partisan representation in the nutjob population, is not that interesting.
But yes, I would agree that the threats would most likely be coming from those in the pro-Trump group, based on which side has the most invested/most to lose
from the outcome of this trial.
I haven't followed all the evidence in the trial, but to me it seems that the prosecution has a pretty solid case. Those who oppose Trump in all likelihood have less to gain, from trying to disrupt the trial.
If Manafort were to be acquitted in his first trial, that would be a blow to the Mueller investigation, but it would still carry on.
However a conviction, would in a very concrete way, illustrate just how ludicrous the "witch hunt" mantra is and he and his supporters would look increasingly ridiculous if they would continue to try to make that claim.
It's possible that a conviction would affect how Manafort will act going forward. What information, if any, is he in possession of that he hasn't yet shared with the Mueller team?
It would also leave the President with the tough choice to decide which option, to pardon or not to pardon, carries the most political and legal risk for him. I also suspect that it would very much feel like the walls were closing in. Simply put, a Manafort conviction would not be good news for Mr. Trump.
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