Manafort judge says he’s gotten threats, won’t ID jurors

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Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, leaves the federal courthouse after his hearing, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) – The judge presiding over the fraud trial of former Trump campaign Paul Manafort says he won’t release the names of jurors at the trial’s conclusion because he fears for their safety and because he himself has received threats.

A coalition of media organizations, including The Associated Press, filed a motion requesting the names of jurors after the trial, 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.

Judge T.S. Eliis III said during a hearing Friday afternoon he is concerned for the “peace and safety of the jurors.”

He said that he personally has received threats and is currently under the protection of U.S. marshals. He declined to delve into specifics, but said he’s been taken aback by the level of interest in the trial.

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