This is CNN, folks. The lowest rated cable news outlet petitioned the court for the names of the jurors in the Manafort trial so that they could send “reporters” to harass them at their homes.
Fortunately, we have a judge with common sense in charge of this sham of a trial and he told CNN and BuzzFeed to pound sand.
Indeed, the judge has received threats and harassment from leftists himself, so he knew darn well what would happen to the jurors if he released their personal information like these “news” outlets wanted.
According to the Associated Press:
The judge in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s fraud trial refused Friday to release the names of jurors, saying he has received threats and fears for their safety as well.
U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III revealed his concerns in explaining why he doesn’t intend to make jurors’ names public at the end of the trial, now in the second day of jury deliberations.
Shortly after the hearing, the jury sent a new note to the judge asking to stop work half an hour early Friday, at 5 p.m., because a juror had an event to attend.
A coalition of media organizations, including The Associated Press, filed a motion requesting the names of jurors, 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.
Eliis said during a hearing Friday afternoon he is concerned for the “peace and safety of the jurors.”
“I’ve received criticism and threats,” Ellis said. “I imagine they would, too.”
Oh, you can bet on that. Imagine how the lives of these jurors and their family would be put in danger if liberals were to find out their personal information.
Democrats and liberals are the most dangerous threat to national security already. And that threat would 100 percent descend down onto the heads of these people.
The judge was right to make sure liberals did not find out the names of the jurors. At least he won’t be responsible for their deaths once liberals discover who they are.
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