Jackson read the President’s tweet attacking the Stone jury forewoman, as well as commentary from InfoWars’ Alex Jones and Tucker Carlson from Fox News, to a federal courtroom, in deciding to hear testimony from jurors while protecting their identities after Stone asked for a retrial.
Making jurors’ identities public “would put them at substantial risk of harm,” Jackson said. “In a highly publicized political climate … the risk of harassment and intimidation of any juror” who may testify to the court today “is extremely high.”
“While judges may have volunteered for their positions … jurors are not volunteers,” Jackson said. “They are deserving of the public’s respect.”