As Twitchy told you, media outlets including CNN, the AP, the New York Times, and Politico filed a motion to unseal the names and addresses of jurors serving on the Paul Manafort trial. Citizens were understandably very concerned.
It appears the judge was concerned, too:
BREAKING: Judge in Manafort trial says has received threats related to case, is being protected by U.S. Marshals – Reuters
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 17, 2018
*** BREAKING ***
Judge Ellis just revealed in open court that he has been threatened over the Manafort case and refused to reveal the names of jurors.
— Jake Gibson (@JakeBGibson) August 17, 2018
Judge Ellis says he won't release jurors names because he has received threats, says he goes everywhere with U.S. Marshals
— Rachel Weiner (@rachelweinerwp) August 17, 2018
JUST IN: Judge in Manafort trial says he has received threats against him, and has US Marshal protection; on potentially releasing jurors' names, he added that he is concerned that the jurors would receive threats, as well.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 17, 2018
CNN: Judge T.S. Ellis said he's received "threats" as he's presided over Paul Manafort's criminal trial, and said he's not willing to disclose jurors' names and addresses per media requests
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 17, 2018
Well, thank goodness for that.
This was a good call by Judge Ellis https://t.co/5uXC4dfAgc
— You're Exhausting (@BlesssUrHeart) August 17, 2018
This should never have even been a consideration.
This is the right decision.
I am usually all for transparency…but in this case, the need to know identities of jurors provides almost zero really added value to the news story. https://t.co/wz0yzK0hI3
— Pradheep J. Shanker, M.D., M.S. (@Neoavatara) August 17, 2018
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with an additional tweet.