And Willis, herself, said she’s been targeted by threats and racial slurs, forcing her to take steps to protect her daughters, father and ex-husband.
Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee recently banned reporters and the public from identifying jurors in the trial against Trump and 18 co-defendants or disclosing other personal details about them. He also required lawyers to refer to them only as their numbers in court.
While the order establishes some additional safeguards, standing court rules already prohibit the media from recording and photographing jurors in a criminal trial.
The coalition of civil rights organizations urged authorities to take further steps, noting that Trump has berated prosecutors pursuing criminal charges against him, warning in August that “if you go after me, I’m coming after you!”
“His attacks are designed to eviscerate an institution of justice inherited from English law and in existence in America before the Constitution that enshrined it,” the letter states. “Juries protect individual freedom.”
The liberal coalition was put together by Not Above the Law, and the letter was signed by Public Citizen, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Sierra Club, Stand Up America and dozens of other groups.
It ended with a warning that the security risks are poised to grow as trials in Atlanta and Washington near.
“Trump, by undermining institutions that check both government power and lawless individuals, aims to release himself from all constraints,” the groups wrote. “For this reason, his vicious attacks on juries are sure to escalate.”
You can read the full letter here.