Judge in Paul Manafort Trial Says He’s Received Threats, Declines to Release Names of Jurors
As jury deliberations continue in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Judge T.S. Ellis revealed he has received “threats” since the beginning of the trial.
The statement from the judge, reported by CNN, came after media outlets sought to unseal secret information about the trial, including the names of the jurors.
The jurors are currently anonymous, and while reporters have seen their faces, the public has not.
Per CNN, the judge told reporters that he did not want to reveal the names of the jurors out of concern for their personal safety.
“I’m not going to reveal any threats, but I can tell you there has been,” Ellis said, according to CNN.
CNN justice correspondent Jessica Schneider said Ellis revealed he has received threats, but is not concerned about himself, as he is protected around the clock by the U.S. Marshals.
“I had no idea that this case would excite these emotions, I can tell you frankly,” Ellis said.
Manafort, who served on President Donald Trump‘s campaign, was charged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s team with 18 counts of tax evasion and bank fraud, and pleaded not guilty.
Watch above, via CNN.
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