Georgia DA Looks To Hide Identities Of Jurors

In the lawsuit involving former President Trump, District Attorney Fani Willis of Fulton County, Georgia, asked the court to keep the names of possible jurors secret.

Willis asked the court to bar anybody from disclosing information that may be used to identify potential or actual jurors, including but not limited to their names, residences, phone numbers, places of employment, and participation in any organizations.

In support of the motion, affidavits were submitted by the head of the Atlanta Police Department and the head of the technology section of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.

Willis and the grand jury that indicted Trump and 18 co-defendants were the targets of doxxing and harassment, as shown in these affidavits.

There has been persistent concern that Trump may reveal details of a case in which he is engaged. A protection order was requested by federal prosecutors last month when Trump was indicted in federal court in Washington. This injunction seeks to restrain the former president from making discovery materials public.

Meanwhile, Trump will be limited in accessing and discussing sensitive material related to the Mar-a-Lago documents case.

The development is one of the first times the court has set terms around classified information in a case where Trump’s team has tried to downplay the seriousness of how records were handled. Trump’s legal team had wanted more leeway on the locations where they could discuss classified documents with him, including at the Mar-a-Lago club and his Bedminster, New Jersey, residence.

Judge Aileen Cannon warned in her order of the consequences should any classified or otherwise sensitive information be improperly revealed to the public, pointing out that such disclosures may violate the law.

She added that even if classified information “enters the public domain,” both Trump and his team will still be “precluded from making private or public statements” regarding the classified status of information or suggesting that their access to information confirms or contradicts what’s in the public domain.

Trump already has several restrictions on how he can look at and not disseminate evidence he learns from prosecutors in his various criminal proceedings as he and his lawyers prepare for trial and receive masses of information collected by prosecutors.