A coalition of seven media outlets including CNN, Politico, Buzzfeed, the New York Times and the Washington Post petitioned the judge in the Paul Manafort case to unseal the names and addresses of the jurors.  The judge denied the motion, saying that the jurors felt scared and afraid, and likely with good reason. 

The news organizations may appeal, although one would hope they might have the good sense and common decency to drop it.  They should think twice about why it would be necessary to subject private citizens who are just doing their public duty to the possibility of violent threats and reprisals from the deranged, anti-Trump left.  Hasn’t the left done enough “unmasking” of private citizens lately?    

For the record, the media outlets argued that revealing the jurors’ names and addresses is common in many trials.  Their motion reads, “Here, there is no reason to believe that extraordinary circumstances exist that would justify keeping jurors’ names sealed — particularly after they have rendered their verdict…This is not a case involving organized crime or other circumstances in which the potential for violence or corruption requires an anonymous jury.” 

That obtuse statement tells me these media outlets need to read some media outlets other than themselves. Then they might know that these days, simply calling for treating non-leftists civilly carries the potential for violence.



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  • William K. Allen II

    08/20/2018 07:54 AM

    This is the same naivete that got the two Americans bicycling thru Tajikistan, killed.

  • Charlene Stephenson

    08/19/2018 05:33 PM

    I was too afraid to put a Trump sign in my yard in 2016, and I live in one of the reddest counties in one of the reddest states (Alabama). You could feel it then, I didnt want to invite trouble even if it was just kids doing some vandalizing to the mailbox or egging my car or something. I'm too old to try and fix things that someone thought would be funny to tear up.

  • Deborah Martin

    08/19/2018 05:24 PM

    Along with every news telecast the home addtess and personal phone/cell numer should be on the screen and each news article in the newspaper personal home address and phone number should be included. If there is no fear of any retribution. If it is truley all for transparency.