It was announced today that CNN is leading the charge to doxx the jurors in the Manafort trial, with a hearing scheduled
The judge will hold a hearing on a motion by CNN and media organizations to unseal the names and addresses of jurors as well as other parts of the trial that are currently secret.— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) August 17, 2018
“A thirsty press is essential in a free country,” the Judge said in announcing the hearing.
Well since then, the hearing has been held and the judge has denied the request:
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
SAD TROMBONE: Manafort judge tells news media to take a hike and denied their request to dox the jurors so CNN and the like can hunt them down at their homes. Judge cited their safety, noting how he's received threats himself— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) August 17, 2018
BREAKING: Judge in Manafort trial says he's received threats, won't reveal jurors' names over fears for their safety— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) August 17, 2018
Good for the judge. And the jurors. They don’t need this unwanted attention.
As I was preparing before this denial came out, Twitter wasn’t keen on this either:
This sounds like a very bad idea. Why is CNN doing this? https://t.co/ivvUfuQI7N— Nathan Wurtzel is a silly name, but it's mine (@NathanWurtzel) August 17, 2018
A responsible press is also essential in a free country. And this is not that. https://t.co/FIJHhW4z15— Sean T at RCP (@SeanTrende) August 17, 2018
I've been trying desperately to figure out what public service they believe would be provided by unmasking a jury. This seems really reckless. https://t.co/wabd3Qi1Rb— Josh Holmes (@HolmesJosh) August 17, 2018
We're not the enemy, we just want to threaten your families. https://t.co/KvHkBeZJ52— Max Matthews (@ColonialSerf) August 17, 2018
Glad the judge sided with common sense.