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A Telegraph article says that Trump supporters have revealed the names and addresses of the Georgia grand jury that indicted him. That is scurrilous behavior, though I would make one exception. At one point in the proceedings, the jury foreperson went public and talked about her fantasizing swearing Trump in. If a juror chooses not to be anonymous, then so be it.
But this shows how many norms are being broken over the out-of-control prosecutors who are obviously politically motivated, using laws to indict Trump that they weren’t designed to do.
There are precautions the government can take to hide the identity of jurors. It’s been done before in organized crime and terrorist trials and they can be done in the case of Trump.
Yet, while the jurors in the Derek Chauvin case had their identities hidden, the fear that their names would be revealed if they found Chauvin innocent was present, and I have no doubt that that influenced their decision. It would have ruined their lives. Even if it were a hung jury resulting in a mistrial, the jurors would have been in danger.
Things are getting uglier. It’s going to get worse.Published in