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Jurors in Georgia’s Trump Case Receive Added Safeguards

A judge approved the request from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to keep the identities of jurors confidential in the trial involving former President Trump and 18 others.

Judge Scott McAfee of the Fulton County Superior Court, overseeing the case, provided additional protections to jurors. This goes beyond the pre-existing measures in Georgia where cameras are positioned away from jurors, now also prohibiting other means of recording, photography, and detailed sketches.

Furthermore, McAfee declared that no participant in the trial can release any details which might reveal a juror’s identity, such as names, home addresses, phone numbers, or workplace.

While the ruling protects juror identities, spectators seem to be permitted to use their electronic devices, based on McAfee’s decision last month which stated that such devices wouldn’t interfere with the trial’s smooth conduct.

This move to protect juror details was prompted after the personal data of about 23 jurors were exposed online through platforms based in Russia. This leak didn’t just affect the jurors; Willis and several others in her department also had their details exposed. Subsequently, multiple law enforcement bodies have taken steps to shield the jurors from potential threats or harassment.

The first of the trials related to the indictment from August, accusing Trump and 18 others of attempting to undermine Georgia’s 2020 election outcomes, is scheduled for October 23. The initial trials focus on co-defendants Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell, who were closely affiliated with Trump’s previous legal counsel.