The attempt by several Mainstream Media outlets to get the names and addresses of the jurors in the Manafort trial was shot down.
The judge in the tax- and bank-fraud trial against onetime Trump campaign chairmanÂ Paul ManafortÂ said Friday heâ€™s been threatened over the case, denying a request from media outlets to release the names and addresses of the jurors.
Judge T.S. Ellis III said he’s not going to reveal the specifics of the threats he received.
“I have the marshals’ protection,” he said.
In denying the request from CNN, The Associated Press, Politico, NBC News,Â The New York Times, The Washington Post and BuzzFeed News, Ellis said he has no reason to believe the jurors wouldnâ€™t also be exposed to threats if their names were revealed.Â
â€œI had no idea this case would excite these emotions, I will tell you frankly,â€ he said.
Had the jurors been told at the outset of the case that their names would be revealed, Ellis said he likely would have seen some requests to be excused.
â€œI donâ€™t feel right if I release their names,â€ he said.
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â€” Jacob Palmieri (@jakepalmieri) August 18, 2018