Willis has previously disclosed that she has been the target of racist comments, vitriol and violent threats since she launched her investigation of Trump in February 2021 and, later, the record label and alleged street gang Young Slime Life. She travels with an around-the-clock security detail at work and at her home, and last year gave her frontline staff bulletproof vests and keychains with panic buttons.
A coalition of media outlets that includes the Atlanta Journal-Constitution objected to the request on grounds that the courts in Geogia have traditionally been open to press coverage, including reporting on the composition of juries. The only exception McAfee allowed in his order is the announcement of a verdict by the jury foreperson, the audio of which may be recorded.
While McAfee’s order offers some additional safeguards, in reality not much is changed. Standing court rules prohibit media from recording and photographing jurors in criminal trials.