As the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort winds down, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III moved this week to keep the names of the jurors in the case under wraps.
In response to a request from media outlets, he cited threats against him as evidence that the jury would likely face similar intimidation.
“I don’t feel right if I release their names,” he said.
Referring to added security in light of the new threats, Elliot added that constantly accompanied by agents of the U.S. Marshals Service.
“I’m no stranger to criticism,” the judge said in a different statement, adding that this trial “has brought it to a new level.”
If convicted of federal fraud charges against him, Manafort could spend the rest of his life behind bars. The jury deliberated for a second day on Friday.